Mary Francis urges fixed election dates

Fixed election dates have received the backing of Human Rights Activist, Mary Francis, who has told the Times that the Prime Minister’s announcement of a June 6, 2016 poll took her by surprise.

“It is shocking to hear June 6, less than the traditional twenty-one days,” Francis said.

She observed that the twenty-one day period has been a tradition in the Caribbean.

She declared that the poll represents a watershed moment for Saint Lucians in terms of the economic, political and social development of this country.

Declaring that Saint Lucia is a society in crisis, the Attorney at Law asserted that the elections provide an opportunity for voters to make a “surgical strike” against the malaise confronting this country.

“We all know what that is,” Francis said, without going into detail.

Francis told the Times that what was very important is to restore Saint Lucia’s image in the international community as far as human rights are concerned.

The former executive member of the Saint Lucia Labour Party asserted that after four years in office, the labour government has failed to address the IMPACS issue and restore the integrity of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).

Francis said of Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony:

“Look at the haste with which he announced June 6. Why wasn’t the IMPACS situation addressed with more urgency I don’t know.”

While acknowledging that it is the Prime Minister’s prerogative to call an election date, the Human Rights Activist believed that in view of sentiments expressed during talks on constitutional reform, there should be fixed election dates.

Francis urged Saint Lucians to be careful when making choices for the betterment of the country.

She said that a foremost consideration should be the image of Saint Lucia and the failure of the government to address the IMPACS issue.

“They were in opposition when it happened under the last regime and they said nothing,” Francis recalled.

She said people were being killed on the streets and the labour party which was in opposition refused to speak up.

“They knew it would have backfired on them,” Francis declared.

She said that when the labour party got into office, it did nothing up to now to restore the image of the police force.

The Attorney at Law told the Times that was a major concern of hers.


  1. Anonymous
    May 21, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    So is the slp causes all the killings and rapes? All the robberies and the lack of jobs in the country? Stop accusing and pray for better. Them problems rising all over the world and getting worse . We have to pray more often . God answer prayers and he will place the right party in power for the next 4yrs . Then they mess up change again

    1. Anonymous
      May 21, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      I have lost all respect for Mary Francis, so should many St. Lucians. The killings in the street happened on her watch, she too said nothing. The IMPACS report is the result of these afore – mentioned killings. We all know what happened is refusing to hold the perpetrators responsible. Dr. Anthony and the Labour Party did not authorized the killings. The government need to invite Human Rights International to investigate.

  2. blush
    May 21, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Mary Francis needs to fix her eye brows…..den have several seats

  3. Thinker
    May 21, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Please tell me what will happen if you take a PIG and….

    – bathe it
    – powder it
    – clothe it
    – spray it with Givenchy
    – and release it


    So now tell me what difference does setting the date for elections make when we elect the same crooks to take office….

    Same difference. Doesn’t change a thing. Hooray for our intellects who thought-up this particular smoke screen.