Election Financing: Who Bought Whom?

Election Financing: Who Bought Whom?

PRESS RELEASE:-Electoral fraud and vote rigging are illegal practices in the electoral process. In many democratic states, such practices carry severe punishment, including imprisonment. In many Caribbean societies, there have been several  post-election claims electoral fraud and vote-rigging.

This has continued to plague various administrations as such actions are contrary to the principles of democracy. As a result,  many electorates contend an overwhelming sense of betrayal and discontent  regarding the electoral process.

During the past few weeks since elections here, rumours of electoral fraud have circulated on social media, coming especially from people in the hierarchy of the current opposition.

 A snap election being called; numerous citizens lost the  opportunity to exercise their democratic choices due to the limited time-frame. Those who had the opportunity to so, ensured that regardless of the circumstances their rights as citizens would have been historically recorded.  

However, just one month after elections, the former Prime Minister posted on his social media page that the election was riddled with incidents of bribery, vote-rigging, election fraud and other unethical practices.

This raised many concerns  as many citizens believed that their votes should count – and the claims by the former PM triggered further prejudice and hostility towards the incoming administration.

Felicia Browne, human rights advocate, maintains that even before an investigation or finding of wrongdoing the taint from a suggestion of impropriety can do irreparable  damage to the targeted individuals, parties and even constituencies. In  a small society,  such claims and allegations can have serious consequences for individuals and their communities.

We have seen in many Caribbean societies, where political violence has stemmed from allegations of bribery and vote-rigging.  We should begin to address such practices through effective policies that will not only protect the rights of citizens but  also allow politicians and their supporters to participate in a  safe and just election. No voter`s vote should be worth more than another’s.

Votes are sacred in that they allow every citizen the right to determine their government without fear or prejudice. Though the claims (including highlighting names of individuals without their consent)  by the former PM should be taken into consideration for further investigation, we  should be cognizant of the dangers that linger when we place such sensitive information in the public domain.

These are very serious accusations and the law ought to take precedence rather than personal grievances. Every citizen has equal rights such that no politician is greater than the ordinary man or woman; nor the laws of the land.

Browne adds that international organisations like the OAS and CARICOM Elections Observers have consistently provided recommendations towards having safe, violence-free and fair elections; some of which should be implemented in our state laws. Campaign financing and declaration of assets of  potential and elected candidates should be given full consideration during constitutional reforms.

According to Browne,  citizens should not bear the blame for unethical practices while political officials are immune to reprimand. They should also be held accountable for any form of unethical practice during their tenure in office.

Additionally,  an ethical commission should be established to oversee and provide guidelines on political practices.


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  1. 666
    July 7, 2016 at 11:16 pm Reply

    Kenny is a very sore loser.

  2. Take that
    July 7, 2016 at 11:39 pm Reply

    All the plywood given in micoud south and the thousands of dollars deposited at different rumshops in vieux fort while barhopping trying to buy votes for the labour party. What a shameless man u are. I pity u. Sometimes I wonder how u sleep at nights. We are tired of u and your party. Bye!!!!!!

  3. Police
    July 8, 2016 at 4:37 am Reply

    Kenny has mental issue or he is just a complete idiot. He actually named Castries South as one of the marginal constituencies where purchasing votes decided the result? In other words, one of his own candidates bought votes? ‘O what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive ‘.

  4. Anonymous
    July 8, 2016 at 10:17 am Reply

    Kenny Anthony what’s wrong with you….ask Phillip j Pierre how many over priced contracts were given days before elections to persons whom they were trying to buy votes from…..sheets of plywood were distributed …SLP is guilty of the crime you speak of ….giving hundred dollars in t shirts …..the truth is some if us took what you’ll had to offer and voted against you’ll anyways…..haha haha!!!! The jokes on you now ……you can’t believe we don’t want you any more then let’s call another elections so we can teach you a better lesson …..11 – 0 all sits will come to us…..is that what you want to get to believe you are expired. You should have listened to our cries ….no medicine at VH….people can’t eat property or even send their children to school while you and your guys stomached were getting larger….our basic needs can’t be met and you’ll talking nonsense and rocking chairs in the house…I’m upset and I don’t usually comment but you need to stop…..Go hide …..give the new guys an opportunity to prove themselves….we are St Lucians now so just trust us to put them out the same way if they take us for granted as you did. Until then give us time to pray for our healing ….our wounds are deep former pm please give us time to heal….Thank you!!!!

  5. viewer
    July 8, 2016 at 1:38 pm Reply

    Everything is Kenny,Kenny…both parties should be scrutinized, because they do the same damn thing…that is why ppl have lost trust in them both,thus the reason for s low vote outcome.

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