Election Observation in the the Turks and Caicos Islands

January 2008

ERIS was tasked by the FCO to provide an independent election observation mission for the General Election held in the Turks and Caicos Islands on 9 February 2007.

Gavin Aarvold, an ERIS consultant was deployed to the island as a Long Term Observer, and mission co-ordinator for the UK observer team. Gavin was also joined by Melanie Leathers, James Blair and Derek MacLeod, who acted as short-term observers, monitoring the end of campaigning and conduct of the polls.

Previously a dependency of Jamaica, the Turks and Caicos Islands became a crown colony upon Jamaican independence in 1962.

The islands are 166 sq miles in size, with a population of around 30,600.

ERIS has previous experience in the Turks & Caicos, having conducted a full election assessment there in 2003.