On Saturday 15th September 2019, Saint Lucia joins the rest of the world in the observance of International Day of Democracy, under the theme: ‘Participation’. The observance gives citizens the “opportunity to recall that democracy is about people. Democracy is built on inclusion, equal treatment and participation – and it is a fundamental building block for peace, sustainable development and human rights.”
According to the United Nations, Secretary General António Guterres, “As we mark Democracy Day, I urge all governments to respect the rights to active, substantive and meaningful participation; and I salute all of you who strive tirelessly to make this happen.”
In recognition of the UN call for participation, the Saint Lucia Electoral Department embarks on a number of activities throughout the month of September and October 2019, under the theme “Elections 40 years and beyond,” to mark this occasion. Some of the activities includes:
- visits to senior citizen homes on island to facilitate the issuance of ID Cards,
- visits to homes of the disabled who have requested our services,
- school visits and media appearances to educate the citizens on the services we offer – some of which are the requirements for registration, rights and responsibilities as electors, and the importance of democracy.
- a display of Election Statistic from 1979 – 2016, and
- a mini exhibition showcasing the work of the Electoral Department (October 1, 2019).
- Staff training
The media and the public are therefore invited to the opening ceremony slated for October 1, 2019, from 10:00 am at the Electoral Conference Room second floor on #23 High Street Castries.