Workers at a polling station in Curacao
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Polling stations in Curacao opened their doors on Friday morning at 8.00 and at noon 23 percent of the population had voted in the island’s general election. This is 3 percent more than two years ago at the same time.
This election, however, is far quieter. The police had to turn out twice: once to assist a lady who had slipped, but was able to go to the doctor on her own. The second time a candidate had blocked the road at the polling station at Montaña Rey. When police arrived on the spot, the politician was already gone.
On Thursday, a group of international election observers paid a courtesy visit on Prime Minister Stanley Betrian. The observers were invited by the Supreme Electoral Council at the request of the government of Curacao.
The team consists of members from Aruba, St Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dominican Republic. The government also invited all consuls currently in Curacao to be observers. Despite the very short notice given to the consulates, two of them were able to send some of their staff to act as observers. These are representatives of the United States of America and Haiti.
On Friday, these observers watched the election process and will report their findings to the Supreme Electoral Council.
According to public opinion polls, the result of the elections is likely to be favourable to three political parties, namely, Partido pa Adelanto i Inovashon Soshal (PAIS), Pueblo Soberano (PS) and Partido Alternativa Real (PAR).
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle