Statement on Elections in Suriname

The U.S. Embassy congratulates the Surinamese people on completing the democratic voting process that we observed in yesterday’s elections.  It was heartening to witness the enthusiasm with which Surinamese voters participated in the electoral process which will ultimately choose their next government.

The Independent Elections Bureau (OKB) did a credible job of ensuring Surinamese could freely and fairly vote on this critical Election Day.  The minor irregularities reported at polling stations did not appear to influence the outcome of the election.  We congratulate the Suriname Police Corps (KPS) for overseeing a safe and orderly Election Day, the Central Polling Bureau for their successful organization of these polls, and the Commissioners and staff of the OKB for their successful oversight of the elections.