Former government minister, Dr. James Fletcher, has called for good sense to prevail during campaigning for the July 26, 2021 general elections, asserting that Saint Lucia is still in the middle of a COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine coverage is ‘relatively low’.
“What I am seeing in these motorcades is irresponsible, dangerous and scary,” the former Minister for Public Service, Information, Broadcasting, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology wrote on Facebook.
“The leaders of these motorcades, the men and women candidates of both parties who are asking us to repose our confidence in them to lead our country over the next five years, need to demonstrate that leadership now and insist that their supporters who are in these motorcades wear their masks properly and at all times. This will not end well,” Fletcher declared.
The Saint Lucia Medical and Dental Association (SLMDA), on Saturday also expressed grave concern over mass crowd election campaign events.
In a statement on behalf of the association, President Dr. Merle Clarke, noted the ‘horrifying consequences’ of indiscriminate election campaigning in other jurisdictions.
“We implore you, our political leaders, to encourage supporters to get vaccinated. Lead by the power of your example. Remember that a large number of infected supporters would inadvertently affect voter turnout. Citizens your voice is heard best at the ballot box, not at a campaign rally,” Clarke’s statement said in part.