Grenada is examining the possibility of establishing an Elections Boundaries Commission as it seeks to overhaul its electoral system, a senior government official has said.
Parliamentary Secretary for Information in the Office of the Prime Minister, Winston Garraway, said the pledge by the Organization of American States (OAS) to provide financial and technical could be used by St. George’s to establish the commission as part of the overhaul of the current administrative structure of the Parliament Elections Office.
“For example, under the current structure the Parliamentary Elections Office falls under the responsibility of the Governor General and the person in charge is the supervisor of election. I believe that once the necessary study and consultation is done, that title will be done away it,” said Garraway.
“When you look at the other territories with Elections Boundaries Commissions, Supervisor of Elections is not use in the administrative structure,” he added.
Last weekend, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell held high-level discussions with the OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza, and Assistant Secretary General Ramdin and a government statement said that he used the occasion to discuss constitutional reform, including the establishment of an elections boundaries commission, which is a recommendation of the OAS Electoral Commission following the last three general elections and in the functioning of the Integrity Commission.
The statement said that the OAS pledged support for the initiatives with Mitchell indicating that the OAS has a fundamental role to play as a focal point in the Inter-American dialogue on facilitating innovative approaches to promote the well-being of the citizenry.