The Organization of American States (OAS) will be sending an electoral observation mission (EOM) to the general elections here on December 9th, according to the agreement signed on Monday by representatives of the Organization and this country.

According to a report by Caribbean News Now, the OAS secretary general, Luis Almagro, says the mission will be the 14th deployed in 2015 to various countries of the hemisphere.

He says the mission will focus on issues of electoral organization and gender equality, and respect for conditions of equality and transparency in the electoral competition.

This will be the fifth mission that the OAS has deployed to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, after the general elections of 2001, 2005 and 2010 and the 2009 referendum on constitutional reform.

The mission in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be led by the chief of staff of the secretary general, Ambassador Jacinth Henry-Martin, and will include observers from different nationalities who will be deployed in all 15 constituencies of the country before, during and after the electoral process.

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