A release from the Force on Monday, caution citizens that the Police will ensure that “law and order and the preservation of the Queens Peace is maintained in accordance with the Constitution of the Federation, The Police Act, The National Assembly Elections Act, The Liquor Ordinance, The Public Meeting and Procession Act and all other relevant Laws within the Federation.”
However, the Police dismissed all suggestions by the Supervisor of Elections, Mr. Leroy Benjamin, that they will be checking residents to ascertain if their names are on the list of registered voters, before allowing them entrance to the line, in preparation to cast their ballots.
“The Commissioner of Police with knowledge of the aforementioned has instructed all Police Officers that this is not a duty of the Police Force on Election Day and the Police will not be engaged in such activities. Such information has also been communicated to the Divisional Commander and the Supervisor of Elections,” said a Police statement.
The Police release said that, “The Supervisor of Elections and others have published that Police Officers will be required to hold, peruse and advise persons who intend to join the voters line.”
Police Commissioner Austin Williams has however made it clear that that is not their responsibility.
However, the Police have stated that, “The RSCNPF is requesting the assistance of the general Public who will be participating in the Nevis Island Assembly elections to conduct themselves as expected in a civic manner.
We would also like to take this opportunity to advise the General Public that restrictions will be imposed at Polling Stations so as to prevent persons from congregating within the demarked areas such may in some cases alter the normal flow of traffic.”