Election day problems in St Lucia

CASTRIES –– Some election day troubles have been reported across the island and are currently being investigated.

Reports of voters waiting for as long as one hour and more have been reported in some areas, particularly in the Castries basin where polling stations are set up at schools.

A Babonneau polling station.
A Babonneau polling station.

While a few persons were determined to wait, others have complained of having to leave the polling station to return to work, after standing for long periods as their names were at the bottom of the list.

Meanwhile, United Workers Party (UWP) candidate for Castries Central, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun reported that there were some issues in her constituency, which she raised with the Department.

“Agents were not allowed to see the ID cards of electors and I’ve objected to this at a number of polling stations. The only way the agent can be sure that the elector who presents himself is indeed that person is by seeing that ID card.”

Flood-Beaubrun told HTS she has since been advised that the returning officer is now issuing a revised instruction to allow the agents to see the ID cards of the voters.

In Castries South East, voters complained about not finding their names on the voters list. Some persons said their names were on the electronic list but they could not find their names on the hard copy, DBS News reported.

Persons experiencing these problems were advised to visit the electoral department to have it corrected.

There have also been reports that an individual was allegedly arrested for possession of extra ballot papers. But senior police officials could not confirm whether this information is true.

Former UWP MP Desmond Brathwaite told Radio Caribbean International (RCI) Monday that the individual was allegedly arrested and the incident occurred in Vieux Fort South.

SLP’s Harold Dalsan also claims that an young male allegedly working for the UWP was paying people cash for their votes in the constituency of Soufriere/Fond St. Jacques.

Dalson told HTS NewsForce that the young man was allegedly caught with a substantial sum of cash at Market Street, Soufriere. The incumbent MP said he is not moved by this as he is confident of victory.

Source: (St Lucia News Online)

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