Both the UPP and ALP acknowledge the need for international election observers and I couldn't agree more. It was just about a decade ago that the corruption of the 1999 election took place. That election was widely condemned by international election observers and led to major and necessary reforms. Some say that those reforms were what made the UPP's 2004 victory a possibility.
The integrity of the upcoming election is once again under a cloud. First, it was the UPP Chairman questioning the integrity of the voter roles and now, in today's Observer, the ALP is calling for observers. Antiguans and Barbudans must have confidence in the results of the next election and it's imperative that we get observers on the island immediately so that all of us can be confident in the results.