UPP warns of rampant vote buying

Beware of persons bearing envelopes of cash on Election Day!

This warning comes from United Progressive Party (UPP) candidate for St James South Christal Austin, who voiced concerns that the issue of vote buying will once again raise its ugly head in the next general election, which is constitutionally due by June next year.

She argues that despite promises from the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) to end the corrupt practice of vote buying following myriad accusations from the two major political parties in the aftermath of the 2013 elections, all signs point to an exacerbation of the scourge.

“This is the time when people will be coming looking to transact business on Election Day. I don’t know how big the envelopes are, but I have heard that some could go as high as $2,000 and people have already started getting flat screens and iPhones,” said Austin, who was speaking at a UPP spot meeting in West Terrace on Saturday night.

Speaking immediately after the 2013 general election, which saw the re-election of the DLP by a razor-thin parliamentary majority of just two seats, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart drew public attention to and expressed serious concern about the impact of alleged vote buying.

He did not say who was responsible, though the inference was clear, but vowed to take action to stamp out the illegal practice which, from various accounts, has become a feature of Barbados general elections in the last 25 or so years.

Close to five years have passed, another general election is approaching; but the country has heard nothing more from Stuart or Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite on the worrisome issue, which many believe to be undermining Barbados’ democracy as it frustrates the genuine free expression of the choice of voters.

However, Austin is charging that both the BLP and DLP have been paying lip service to the problem and the UPP stands ready to end the practice once and for all. She also assured voters that even though many may regard the UPP’s bid to form the next government as a pipe dream, the Lynette Eastmond-led party will not be shelling out a red cent in order to get votes.

“We have persons in the party, not just ready to talk but ready to bring legislation to end corruption at the political and governmental level. One of the things we stand against is the buying and selling of votes in this country,” she said.

“I joined the party because as a student of politics at the college and university level, it always bothered me that politics has always been synonymous with nefarious activity with corruption and lack of integrity. It has always been linked with mamaguying the people and pulling wool over their eyes.  You don’t have to be a serious student of political science to know that it does not have to be like that,” Austin said.

The UPP St James South candidate also chastised those who accepted payment for their X, stressing that such persons were selling out their children’s futures for cheap trinkets while betraying the legacy of their ancestors who fought for the right to be included in the electoral process.

“It is rubbish because our ancestors fought so hard to vote and now for us to turn around and give it away so cheaply.  Ask yourself it is worth it for a week’s pleasure. Invest your vote in the United Progressive Party and let us work for you for the entirety of our term, not just until the money in the envelope runs out or until the batteries in the phone dies or it falls and breaks.” Austin stressed.

41 Responses to UPP warns of rampant vote buying

  1. Tony Webster December 17, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Deep, well feathered pockets…again in fashion. Who really pays? Same ol’ suckers: Taxpayers!
    $EASONS GREETING$

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  2. hcalndre December 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    That`s why after the candidate wins a seat that they have to get that money back by all means necessary. Then the victims who sold their votes complain how rich these people become in a few years and they are still left scrunting and ignored.

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  3. harry turnover December 17, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Now tell me ..who would tek money from DEM and vote DEM ? even if DEM gi me $5000 a month fa de next 5 years..I STILL IN VOTING DEM…so selling votes MEANS NOTHING….unless the person selling gine in the booth and mark X where he want you to mark it.

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  4. luther thorne December 17, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    So that is why despite the nonsense dem have did dem say dem gonna win. Well well looka ma crosses ! Mrs Carter de cat got pups.

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  5. Jennifer December 17, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    BT can u give some info on the geological report for the north of st phillp. if u have any.

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    • Jennifer December 17, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      They r more pressing things going on. That landscape has DRAMATICALLY changed, like a tilt.

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  6. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall December 17, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    You have to bring some cash too and plenty.

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    • Rowena Small
      Rowena Small December 18, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      A nice 5flipping thousand. What you think my lady?

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  7. Veronica Wiggins
    Veronica Wiggins December 17, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Everyone has one X to make. If someone want to get a few hundred dollars for theirs then isn’t that their business. They still can only vote once.
    Sometimes after the cash has been passed the voter might still not vote for the person who bribed him

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  8. Solutions Barbados December 17, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Vote buying is a transaction. The purchaser pays the voter for his or her vote, and the voter votes for the purchaser. Once that transaction is completed and the purchaser is elected, the voter has no rights to receive anything further from the purchaser whatsoever in his or her constituency. That includes: no rights to regular garbage collection, no rights to have paved roads, no rights to de-bushing in the constituency, no rights to street lights, no rights to lighted playing fields, no rights to have a clean and useable community centre in the constituency, no rights to receive anything more for from that member of Parliament. So if you sell your vote, you get nothing more from that MP if he or she is elected. NOTHING! and you are not entitled to anything either, because the transaction is over. So don’t expect anything more for 5 years. So the best thing you could do if someone offers you money or flat screen TV’s, or baskets of food at Christmas in hopes of getting your vote on election day, is to deliberately NOT vote for that person. Because that TV, food hamper, phone or $500.00 is the only thing you will get from that parliamentarian for the next 5 years.

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  9. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie December 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Maybe they got that backwards …you can only buy something if it’s for sale …… If voters refuse to sell votes….then votes cannot be bought … Get the facts straight!!

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  10. just observing December 17, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Thing is, that money, flat screen TV or I Phone has to last them for the next five years till they see the politician again!

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  11. Joe Blow December 17, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Vote buying is an illegal transaction; but a transaction none the less. The purchaser pays the voter for his or her vote, and the voter votes for the purchaser. Once that transaction is completed and the purchaser is elected, the elected MP does not owe that voter anything further until he or she wishes to be elected at the next election.

    The voter has no rights to receive anything further from the purchaser whatsoever in his or her constituency. That includes: no rights to regular garbage collection, no rights to regular bus service, no rights to reliable water service, no rights to paved roads, no rights to good health care, no rights to employment, no rights to de-bushing in the constituency, no rights to street lights, no rights to lighted playing fields, no rights to have a clean and useable community centre in the constituency, no rights to a decent standard of living in the country, no rights to receive anything more from that member of Parliament.

    So if you sell your vote, you will get nothing more from that MP if he or she is elected. NOTHING! and you are not entitled to anything either, because the transaction is over, and you have gotten what you were paid for; an elected member of parliament that owes you nothing!! because he or she has paid you all that you deserve. So don’t expect anything more for 5 years.

    The best thing you could do if someone offers you money, or a flat screen TV, or a basket of food at Christmas in hopes of getting your vote on election day, is to deliberately NOT vote for that person. Because that TV, food hamper, phone, or $500.00 is the only thing you deserve, and it is all you will get from that parliamentarian for the next 5 years. That is a guarantee.

    So don’t complain about garbage collection, or bus service, or sewage in the streets, or lack of water, or not seeing a doctor for 3 days in the hospital, or lack of street lights, or pot holes, because if you sold your vote, you have gotten all that you deserve, and you deserve nothing more.

    Do not vote for anyone offering you money or gifts, you have no worth to them. Vote for the person who refuses to pay you for your vote, and refuses to give you gifts, because that person owes you everything for the next 5 years. You put them there for free, and now they owe you big time!!

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  12. luther thorne December 17, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Vote Buying used to be done with Corned Beef , Biscuit and Rum and promises. What has to happen is that the percentage of voters who refuse to vote must come out and make their presence felt and nullify vote buying.

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  13. Saga Boy December 17, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    The UPP knows to well from first hand evidence about BLP buying votes. What a shame. I say take the money from Mia and Vote DLP

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  14. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed December 17, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Crying already

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  15. Sunshine Sunny Shine December 18, 2017 at 12:14 am

    I hope when the idiot bajans recognize the white envelopes coming to buy their votes that they ensure the envelope contains no less than $3,000.00. Want my vote come with good money, not scratch grain.

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    • Bajan Patriot December 19, 2017 at 5:20 am

      $3.000? My vote starts at $1.5 millions U.S

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  16. jrsmith December 18, 2017 at 7:09 am

    My take the present government look set to be return to power, why ,look what they got away with ,doing nothing in Barbados for 2 terms and no political challenge not even the media had the balls to say anything…………..
    My other issue , what would bajans do if they are return to power and is bajans ever considering a coalition government …………

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  17. Freeagent December 18, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Buying votes at election time is nothing new. However, anyone who buys votes or anyone taking money for voting should be arrested and imprisoned. We poor black people had to fight too hard to cast a vote at election time to allow persons to demean us by paying us to vote. Where is our pride?

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  18. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray December 18, 2017 at 8:09 am

    so the people who have out ip an smart tv in buying vote as well. It call securing you turf

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  19. tyrone downes December 18, 2017 at 8:24 am

    I got a good golden handshake recently from a certain man in St.George South, and a good drink of Brandy too.
    So you know who I voting for.

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  20. Tamina Darkies
    Tamina Darkies December 18, 2017 at 8:24 am

    U can give all the gifts & bribes you like doesn’t mean you got the vote,lol

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  21. Morgan Corbin
    Morgan Corbin December 18, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Land,fully furnuished wall house,a brand new vehicle ,i can give full details of all three items and do not forget to have my papers with my names for every single thing an u can contact me via fb hurry up an Buy! (Chiney man voice)

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  22. luther thorne December 18, 2017 at 8:56 am

    St.Michael North West .Vote buying like mad went on in the last election. Ask the Supermarket. Ask the millenials. Quid Pro Quo.
    Something for Something. RIce and Spice very Nice on a bright and sunny ‘date’

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  23. luther thorne December 18, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Small change to buy votes versus finance from kickbacks in the 5 million to 6 million $ range. Where yuh think the money to lavish coming from

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  24. milli watt December 18, 2017 at 9:09 am

    hope yuh all will not be involving yuh self in dat……. a word to the wise

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  25. luther thorne December 18, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Small change to buy votes versus finance from kickbacks in the 5 million to 6 million $ range. Where yuh think the money to lavish coming from. …

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  26. luther thorne December 18, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Vote buying like mad . Ask the Supermarket. Ask the millenials. Quid Pro Quo.
    Something for Something.
    RIce and Spice very Nice on a bright and sunny ‘date’

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  27. luther thorne December 18, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Ask the millenials. Quid Pro Quo.
    Something for Something. RIce and Spice very Nice on a bright and sunny ‘date’

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  28. trevor daniel December 18, 2017 at 9:25 am

    I received some money too from that same man in St.George South when we were in Baird’s Village.
    He promised a female friend a job when he gets a Ministry. She is happy and promising to vote for him again.

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  29. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan December 18, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Wow, she finally has a stage to act on! the treasury isn’t complaining.

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  30. Sheldon Cox
    Sheldon Cox December 18, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Who going refuse

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  31. LadyRhonda Haynes-Sobers
    LadyRhonda Haynes-Sobers December 18, 2017 at 11:54 am

    So you know from experience what goes on I take it

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  32. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt December 18, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Take it and vote for who you think is the best for Barbados

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  33. Hermine Alleyne
    Hermine Alleyne December 18, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    When I was a child it was corn beef and biscuits, now its TV,phones, and tablets, smart people take whatever is given,and don’t even vote,my Dad used. to say,one belly don’t fatten a cow.Lo.

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  34. Alex Alleyne December 18, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Nothing new , can’t see it stopping now. This is a “crucial” time.
    “WHO GONNA WATCH THE WATCHMAN” ???????????.

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  35. Alex Alleyne December 18, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    NOT VOTING PARTY THIS TIME, JUST GOING “CANDIDATE”. Can’t see myself defending any party for what “MONSTROSITY” they may/will commit after seeing how this present PARTY behaved in Office.
    “I SHED MY FEATHERS, NO MORE YARDFOWL OR DUCK”…..LOL.

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  36. Rowena Small
    Rowena Small December 18, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    That’s right.

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  37. Mark Adamson December 18, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    The Police Department of Barbados – in regular news bulletins in this general election campaign – has to warn persons who are involved in such vote bribing of intended prosecution in the law courts of Barbados if caught in such illegal and wrongful acts.

    There are already laws under which such persons can be prosecuted.

    The Police Department has to act!!

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  38. bajan Patriot December 18, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Bring the money. I still voting them out. It’s time to elect people who have the “Solutions” to fix Barbados problems.call de elections please!

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