ON Saturday 15th September 2019, Saint Lucia joins the rest of the world in the observance of International Day of Democracy, under the theme: ‘Participation’. The observance gives citizens the “opportunity to recall that democracy is about people. Democracy is built on inclusion, equal treatment and participation – and it is a fundamental building block for peace, sustainable development and human rights,” according to the United Nations (UN).
According to the United Nations, Secretary General AntónioGuterres, “As we mark Democracy Day, I urge all governments to respect the rights to active, substantive and meaningful participation; and I salute all of you who strive tirelessly to make this happen.”
In recognition of the UN call for participation, the Saint Lucia Electoral Department embarks on a number of activities throughout the month of September and October 2019, under the theme “Elections 40 years and beyond,” to mark this occasion. Some of the activities include visits to senior citizen homes on island to facilitate the issuance of ID Cards, visits to homes of the disabled who have requested our services, school visits and media appearances to educate the citizens on the services we offer – some of which are the requirements for registration, rights and responsibilities as electors, and the importance of democracy, a display of Election Statistic from 1979 – 2016, a mini exhibition showcasing the work of the Electoral Department (September 23- 30, 2019), and staff training.
According to the UN the observation of Democracy Day is an opportunity to urge all governments to respect their citizens’ right to active, substantive and meaningful participation in democracy.