Time to lock up vote buyers, Comissiong says

President of the Clement Payne Movement David Comissiong has urged authorities to make the prevention of vote buying a national priority ahead of upcoming general elections.

In fact, he is challenging the island’s two main political parties – the Democratic Labour Party and the Barbados Labour Party to immediately introduce a bill in Parliament to amend the Election Offences and Controversies Act to address the vexing issue.

In a strong statement, the social activist warned that “the exchange of hundred dollar bills for votes” had become a standard practice in general elections in Barbados and across the region and if the practice was not brought to an end, it would eventually “totally destroy the public or civic life of our nations.”

Comissiong, an attorney at law, pointed out that under the Election Offences and Controversies Act (Chapter 3 of the Laws of Barbados) both the buyer of the vote and the seller of the vote are guilty of having committed a “corrupt practice”.

He however expressed concern that the Act fails to stipulate that offenders are to be fined or imprisoned – except in the very limited and restricted case of persons who indulge in activity on the public road or in a public place, on Election Day (during the hours that the poll is open), and within 100 yards of a polling station.

Comissiong argued this was grossly inadequate and changes “to attach the penalty of a fine and a period of imprisonment for anyone found guilty of the corrupt practice of bribery, whenever and wherever that offense may be carried out during the entire official period of an election campaign” were needed.

“This – needless-to-say – needs to be done as a matter of urgency, so that we can provide our Royal Barbados Police Force with the legal instruments that they require in order to properly police the upcoming General Elections and ensure that vote buying and selling is not a feature of these 2018 Elections.”

He proposed that the Royal Barbados Police Force put together a number of motorized “flying squads” in marked and unmarked police vehicles to carry out rapid anti-vote buying surveillance missions in relevant communities during the last week of campaigning and on Polling Day in particular.

Comissiong warned that the practice of vote buying has resulted in a sizable proportion of young Barbadians losing respect for men, women and institutions that are supposed to provide national leadership and this was likely to have serious consequences.

“When a critical mass of a population lose respect for the men, women and institutions that are supposed to provide national leadership, the nation is lost!,” Comissiong said. .

58 Responses to Time to lock up vote buyers, Comissiong says

  1. Marva Lashley-Todd
    Marva Lashley-Todd January 22, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    And the people who take the money too

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  2. Everick Holder
    Everick Holder January 22, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    How are you going to catch them?

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    • Mervin Stevenson
      Mervin Stevenson January 22, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      reward the vote sellers handsomely to come forward

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      • David Brathwaite January 23, 2018 at 5:05 pm

        My thought exactly. The vote sellers are motivated by money and will squeal to high heaven if they are granted immunity and offered a reward for coming forward. This thing is eroding our ability to freely choose a government and must be stopped.

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  3. Diana Cave
    Diana Cave January 22, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Well I would vote . But I need something. After all my vote will help make your votes stronger to win . Then if you become a minister in parliament. Your salary will be as big as a quarry . So I see nothing wrong in that .

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    • Adrian Allison
      Adrian Allison January 22, 2018 at 7:03 pm

      Wrong kind of thinking.
      It is this mentality that is partially responsible for this country’s state of affairs.
      No person that supports nationalism and is patriotic would ever even entertain the thought of putting a price to their vote.
      Period !!!

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    • Mark Josef
      Mark Josef January 22, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      Lol you take a couple hundred or thousands for one day and they make a couple million in five years.

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    • Diana Cave
      Diana Cave January 22, 2018 at 10:16 pm

      It’s not really putting a price on votes . But I know people that gets al sort of things. Not saying exactly that I must get something. Just voicing a point .

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  4. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade January 22, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    So tell me give away TV i phone laptop can that be vote you pay ne for my vote how can i prove it

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  5. Dana Jemmott
    Dana Jemmott January 22, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    STUPSE… he talking bare foolishness wait until DLP ready and go and say so fool

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  6. Diana Cummins
    Diana Cummins January 22, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Why not pay me for my service in helping you get elect,because when elections over, you sitting pretty in office,you wont even remember my face or name…it’s sad tho..

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  7. jrsmith January 22, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    And lots of politicians and the rest who has destroyed Barbados people ….Where has all the money gone………………

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  8. Everick Holder
    Everick Holder January 22, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Diana, that’s not going to happen, and you know it.

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  9. Everick Holder
    Everick Holder January 22, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    The problem is with this democracy thing, is that more stupid, duncy, ignorant people get to vote, than intelligent people. And I think that is wrong. There must be an intelligence test before your vote is counted. In other words an evaluation of the voter is necessary to make democracy valid.

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  10. Everick Holder
    Everick Holder January 22, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    No asshole with his pants down by his ankles and his head messed up with weed, should decide my future.

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    • Leroy January 23, 2018 at 9:56 am

      Chillax its not that serious,,saggy pant man has only one vote as you have yours.

      You should direct your anger at the cabinet and politicians instead.

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  11. Carson C. Cadogan January 22, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Then the Govt. would have to lock up all the Barbados Labour Party candidates.

    They did the same thing in St. Lucia at the last St. Lucian elections.

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    • Mark My Word January 22, 2018 at 7:04 pm

      Marsha the Pit Toilet woman giving away free WiFi

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  12. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes January 22, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    They could not pay me enough. I want to be comfortable after the payout. Just saying.

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  13. Skilnic Skyy
    Skilnic Skyy January 22, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Don’t forget the campaign funders…it’s them funding the vote buyers and then pulling the puppets strings

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  14. Stuart Gourley
    Stuart Gourley January 22, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Wake up Barbados.

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  15. Tony Webster January 22, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Bossman… you left a cupple loopholes that you cud drive a sanitation truck through: bribe dem BEFORE the ” official period of campaigning”….like right now! Or bribe a voter’s 10 yr. old daughter who cannot vote. Or just accidentally drop a new cellphone in de road, and ask someone nearby to tek care of it for you. Or….etc etc. The rot is everywhere, endemic, and nasty. We deserve what we get.

    Waaaaaay better to teach yung’uns Civics in school.

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  16. Omar Watson
    Omar Watson January 22, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    No no no. Wait until after I get paid

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  17. Alex Alleyne January 22, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Everything comes with a price. All the voters doing is letting the Politicians know that there is “no free lunch”.
    It’s like saying “Money can’t buy my love.
    Then, no one set out to marry a POOR fella.

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  18. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow January 22, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Stephen D Stewart that cry about buying votes i the new battle cry of the incompetent ..a perfect lullaby of those without confidence prior to any vote

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  19. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow January 22, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Stephen D Stewart Bajans are a bunch of pailin cocks

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  20. Marva Lashley-Todd
    Marva Lashley-Todd January 22, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    The money cant last for 5 years and all the while you are suffering

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  21. Henderson Yarde
    Henderson Yarde January 22, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    All them gone get lock up

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  22. Consuelo N Richards
    Consuelo N Richards January 22, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Sellers and buyers

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  23. Joan Crawford
    Joan Crawford January 22, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    The sellers are the problem not the buyers

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  24. Kevin Watson
    Kevin Watson January 22, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Gotta prove it was brought. Cause if dems give me money and I don’t vote for dem what ya call it?

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  25. Caroline Clarke
    Caroline Clarke January 22, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    If there are no givers or sellers then they will be nothing to buy.

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  26. Angela Murphy
    Angela Murphy January 22, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    You got to lock up yourself

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  27. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison January 22, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    The buyer and the seller should face a custodial sentence inafdition a fine for the party if found to be part of the crime
    The penalty needs to be severe enough so that anyone so inclined would realize that it just isn’t worth the punishment.

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  28. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison January 22, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    What is it about the ‘Dianas’ in this forum that find vote peddling so attractive ?
    Not a thought for this country’s future or a drip of patriotism.
    It’s no wonder this country is on the decline.
    A lack of nationalism or love for country.

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  29. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis January 22, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    And sellers, more so.

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  30. Joy January 22, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    No politician can discover who you voted for! Don’t let them fool you! People have taken ‘gifts’ from the politicians in the past and then voted for someone else!

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  31. harry turnover January 22, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Why would Comissiong want to lock up the BUYERS and not the SELLERS ?

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  32. Patrick January 22, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Remember a BLP candidate admitted that he took money from a man on polling day

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  33. Alex Alleyne January 22, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Couple of my friends say they will be voting even if they have to walk barefoot on glass.

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  34. Herbert Reynold
    Herbert Reynold January 22, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Was calling u

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  35. Shotta Boss
    Shotta Boss January 22, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    He like he is more asshole than I thought

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  36. Pat Clarke January 22, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Everyone has a phone with a camera these days. You see anything suspicious, especially on polling day, take a picture and post it. if a lot of us do that we will catch a lot of the vote buyers and sellers. Let’s go for it.

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  37. Pat Clarke January 22, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    Use your phone to catch the vote buyers and sellers. Post anything you see no matter who is the culprit.

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  38. archy perch January 23, 2018 at 1:41 am

    Mark W they coming for you boy. You stated this shire.

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  39. luther thorne January 23, 2018 at 1:52 am

    The DLP cant buy enough Votes.
    Yuh see tha’ 40 % of the electorate that dont vote and the percentage of Dissaffected DEMS plus the strong BLP base ?
    Watch how they perform on the day not far away.

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  40. Ashanti Padilla
    Ashanti Padilla January 23, 2018 at 2:05 am

    So are we going to lock up all politicians?

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  41. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison January 23, 2018 at 2:42 am

    The difference between a company and the individual vote peddler is that the company contributes to both parties (they always do because they know that whichever part prevails that they have to operate in her who’s there
    The individual vote peddler on the other hand can influence the outcome.

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  42. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner January 23, 2018 at 7:03 am

    Also companies giving politicians donation can be considered vote buying because the companies and big well heel fat cats looking to get things done in they favour after elections.

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  43. Solutions Barbados January 23, 2018 at 9:14 am

    What people don’t seem to understand about vote Buying, is that it is a transaction. The buyer pays you for your vote, and you vote for the Buyer. At that point the transaction is complete and the vote buyer no longer owes the Voter a single thing. If the vote buyer is elected, he doesn’t owe you good bus service, he doesn’t owe you garbage collection, he doesn’t owe you water in your constituency, he doesn’t owe you good roads, or a functioning hospital, he owes you nothing further. You have just put him or her in office, and he or she owes you nothing more. You were paid already, you deserve nothing more. Never sell your vote! vote them in for free, and make sure they owe you everything.

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    • Andrew Simpson January 23, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      Solutions will not yet be implemented as a result of comments on facebook or social media. Awareness and education is needed at the bus terminals, in the marketplaces and community centers. Print information flyers, with savings voucher related to spend attached, and distribute similar to the Impact World passes now being circulated. Maybe some of the renewable energy suppliers will offer 10 % off regular prices of PV electricity systems installed.

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  44. jrsmith January 23, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Politicians buying votes is no real issue, because you could be paid to vote for tom brown , but instead you vote for harry smith so the worry is for that crooked politician…
    All I want to see in Barbados, that our politicians cannot do what they like anymore ,they must be (Accountable ) and can be remove from office as easy as they were put there …………….
    The will of the people comes first ,not the brown envelopes under the door or we the people are doomed and remain third world…………
    For instance ,look what has happen in England , we now seeing how the Political Corporate Corruption works, when the ***t hits the fan, billions are screwed up thousands of small people getting hurt, but the politicians and they friends are covered…………..

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  45. jrsmith January 23, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Our country is so deeply corrupt it doesn’t matter anymore, the fight them and us ………

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  46. Ossie Moore January 23, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Solutions Barbados say:

    ” If the vote buyer is elected, he doesn’t owe you good bus service, he doesn’t owe you garbage collection, he doesn’t owe you water in your constituency, he doesn’t owe you good roads, or a functioning hospital, he owes you nothing further. You have just put him or her in office, and he or she owes you nothing more. You were paid already, you deserve nothing more. ”

    Ossie : Awesome and truthful response from Solutions Barbados. The problem is that most bajans will never understand what SOLUTIONS BARBADOS is trying to tell them by the end of the day most bajans are will have responded to by saying ”

    ” STUPSE ” a common and regular bajan answer to solving every problem in ” buh”bados ( Barbados )

    Note : To the TOURISTS who doesn’t know the meaning of ” STUPSE ” . . it is a very disgusting bajan habit where the lips are pouted and air is sucked in between the teeth making a very disgusting sound.

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  47. Ossie Moore January 23, 2018 at 11:42 am

    LOCKUP ! ! ! !
    . . . . . another thing that I just cannot comprehend is that another popular bajan word is ” lockup ” . The 2 most popular bajan words and responses to any situation in Barbados are ” stupse and lockup .

    STUPSE . . A very disgusting bajan habit where the lips are pouted and air is sucked in between the teeth making a very disgusting sound.

    LOCKUP – being sent to prison for :

    (1) Stealing a tin of sardines , or a pint & a half of bottle of white rum.

    (2) Stealing cassava.

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  48. Carson C. Cadogan January 23, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    David

    You are late.

    The Barbados Labour Party was giving away money from in December 2017.

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  49. luther thorne January 23, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    What is disgusting about STUPSE ?
    That is we culture
    Every true Bajan should know that that is we culture.
    Buh looka muh crosses doah !!
    In 2017.

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