SLP General Secretary: Crime not election issue

SLP General Secretary: Crime not election issue

Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) General Secretary, Leo Clarke, has asserted that he does not see crime as an election issue, but as a social problem.

“I see it as a social problem that we have to grapple with and work together to resolve,” Clarke said.

The SLP General Secretary disclosed that there is no doubt in his mind, based on discussion within the SLP, that crime remains a major concern.

“We have come to a situation where we have to work together to correct it,” he said.

The SLP General Secretary spoke against the backdrop of three homicides being recorded so far for 2016.

He said in response to questions posed to him that any action that political parties can take to minimize violence in the country whether at election time or otherwise ought to be implemented.

According to Clarke, if there are signs that violence is connected to the campaign, every political party has a responsibility to ensure that it works to bring that to a halt.

Just recently National Security Minister, Victor La Corbiniere, had made it clear that law and order will be maintained as Saint Lucia awaits general elections.

La Corbiniere made the comments while criticizing United Workers Party (UWP) leader, Allen Chastanet, for having been part of an unruly crowd outside parliament and doing nothing to calm them down.

He warned Chastanet that if the UWP leader encourages a breakdown of law and order he will be held accountable.

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  1. Harold Edwards
    January 19, 2016 at 5:38 pm Reply

    Absolute nonsense Mr. Clarke,the party that offers clearly thought out policy on crime will significantly influence how I vote. It is obvious that the current policies of the government is failing.
    Part of the process of choosing a party is how they say they will deal with certain matters social or other wise.
    To say crime is not an issue in the coming election is extremely niaive of Mr. Clarke.

  2. OJ
    January 19, 2016 at 8:45 pm Reply

    The rise in rape? Shut down of the crime lab? You guys better tell us how YOU will address these issues if you want to win the next elections. Voting solely based on colour is becoming extinct in saint lucia.

  3. Modeste Downes
    January 20, 2016 at 9:29 am Reply

    “We have come to a situation where we have to work together to correct it”: We have come? Does the GS know how long we have come to this situation? When will WE begin to work TOGETHER on it? And who is that WE anyway? Do I or anyone else with some brains have to remind the party GS how many calls have been made to do just what he has just become aware of being a necessary step toward resolving the problem? And next question: Who sets the election/campaign agenda in terms of what is or isn’t an election issue? The ruling party? the Opposition? The people? The media? The Parliament? In any case to say that crime is not considered an election issue, the GS has to have had a mighty fall on his head.

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