‘Vote seller’ warned

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The Antigua & Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) is advising one St John’s City West constituent that soliciting a bribe in exchange for voting is illegal, as that person seeks to “sell” his vote online.

On auction website www.ebay.com, user “Drshaq2013″ posted a sale titled, “selling my X for this election for City West … Gaston Browne or Colin Derrick.” Bidding for the vote starts at US $100.

At a press conference yesterday morning, ABEC’s Deputy Chairman Nathaniel “Paddy” James said the sale could be a matter for the police.

“It’s a criminal offense. The police … and the director of public prosecutions could be involved in this,” he said.

“I would ask that person to desist. Even if it is a joke, stop making it because what he or she may be doing is to put something in somebody’s mind that makes them believe that is the norm.”

Chairman Juno Samuel added his voice, asking the individual to remove the post.

“If you solicit, you are equally guilty as if I gave it to you. It’s a very serious offence,” Samuel said. “They better desist because even if they say it’s a joke, as far as the law in concerned, they did it.” (Antigua Observer)

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