Former Minister urges clean election campaign

Former Minister, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun has called for a clean, respectful election campaign.

“I am hoping for a peaceful election which we have traditionally had,” Flood-Beaubrun said.

The former Minister expressed the view that as a citizenry, the people of Saint Lucia have behaved very responsibly during past general elections.

She said she hoped it would be the same during the upcoming vote.

“Certainly for my campaign in Castries Central, I always make it clear to everyone who is involved that we want a clean campaign; we want a peaceful campaign; we want a respectful campaign, “Flood-Beaubrun stated.

However she acknowledged that politicians can become carried away in the heat of the moment.

As a result the former Castries Central MP asserted that politicians need to guard themselves.

“Of course you are tempted, but I think it is important for us to be very much aware that the more you talk about issues, the more people find what you are saying attractive,” Flood-Beaubrun asserted.

She said there are so many issues that politicians can speak about on the platform.

According to the former Minister, at the end of the day, the important thing is not only to put up a good election fight, but to unify the country afterwards and move forward.

We are all big people, so it is important for us to set high standards – standards that young people would want to emulate,” Flood-Beaubrun said.

She was speaking last week during the DBS Television programme, Newsmaker Live, with Host – Timothy Poleon.

Calls for a peaceful election campaign have also been made recently by National Security Minister, Victor La Corbiniere, and the head of the local Catholic Church, Archbishop Robert Rivas.

I have said and I am very firm on this, this election is going to be peaceful, it is going to be conducted in a peaceful manner,” La Corbiniere  had declared in February of this year.

But he had said at the time that the signals from the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), were not good.