Top Cop responds to election violence concerns

Saint Lucia’s top cop, Severin Moncherry, has said that he is concerned about all types of violence whether election-related or otherwise.

“One of the things I need to say to people is that we need to understand that especially during the election period or the campaigning period, persons need to understand that yes, we are living in a democratic country and you have your rights, but you must also understand that in exercising those you need to protect the rights of others,” Moncherry explained.

He called on citizens not to infringe on the rights of others.

Asked about his main challenge in maintaining law and order during the upcoming polls, the nation’s top cop said that before he could comment, he would have to do an assessment.

“I cannot comment on what will happen during the election before I even know the conditions around that time,” Moncherry noted.

He said he was not aware that politicians were using language that would incite their supporters.

“Personally, I do not know that this is happening,” the Police Commissioner said.

However, he said there was need to ensure that the upcoming political campaign is one that is clean and fosters respect for people’s rights.

“We need to be able to agree to disagree with each other,” he observed.