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disagrees with Amnesty
Mordecai (right), vice-chairman of Citizens Action for Free
and Fair Elections (CAFFE), chats with CAFFE directors Dr.
Owen Jefferson and Nancy Anderson after a press conference
to announce plans for the Local Government elections at the
Election Centre, Hope Road yesterday. Ian Allen/Staff Photographer
CITIZENS ACTION for Free and Fair Elections (CAFFE), the local
non-partisan election monitoring group, has added its voice
to those disagreeing with a recent Amnesty International report
that dubbed last October's general election excessively violent.
which will release its own report on the elections within
the next 10 days, said instead that its own observations did
not support such a high level of political killings as related
to the election.
Amnesty 2003 report stated that the election of October 16
was accompanied by an increase in politically-motivated violence,
with at least 60 people killed in the days leading up to election
day. The report charged that supporters of the two main political
parties attacked each other's events.
dont know how they arrived at that, I dont know ... but the
general consensus was that it was the best run and least violent
election in a long time," CAFFE Chairman Dr. Lloyd Barnett
said yesterday at a press conference at the Election Centre,
said CAFFE had restarted its programme of re-mobilising and
recruiting for the June 19 Local Government elections. This,
after measuring immense success in the monitoring of the 1997
and 2002 General Elections and the 1998 Local Government elections.
are working at achieving wide coverage by our volunteer observers,"
Dr. Barnett said. He added that: "We hope to have all
2,000 who volunteered for the last general election on board
and hope also to attract additional new volunteers."
observer group the Carter Center is expected to release its