Members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) turned out in ‘large numbers’ Friday to vote ahead of the general population who will cast their ballots on July 26.
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Dr. Mashama Sealy, who is also the Returning Officer, told St Lucia Times that the lines for each polling station were long as police officers, correctional officers and members of the Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) came out ‘in their numbers’ to vote.
“Voting started quite early – we opened about 6.47 am but (police) officers, fire service officers as well as Bordelais Correctional Facility Officers were already out before 6 O’ clock and so we are proceeding quite well,” she explained, adding that COVID-19 protocols were being observed to prevent the spread of the virus.
Sealy pointed out that every voter is required to wear a mask, is sanitised before entering the polling station, has his or her identity card checked twice and once they cast their ballot, the screening area where they vote is sanitised before another voter can cast a ballot.
She stated that there are three polling stations covering from Gros Islet in the North, Dennery in the East and Canaries to the West.
The Public Relations Officer of the Police Welfare Association, Stanislaus Albert, said it was a good thing to see police officers turn out ‘in large numbers’ to exercise their constitutional right to vote.
“It looks like everybody is out,” Albert told St Lucia Times as voters converged on the Police Training Academy in Castries to cast their ballots.
Headline photo: Officers converge on the Police Training Academy to cast their ballots