Speaking with MiyVue.com on Election Day, Liburd said the way in which the voters’ list is being issued suggest breaches of the electoral process.
“We found that some twenty-five names just seem to have disappeared from our list. That’s just from first reconciliation. I spoke to the acting supervisor, and he said he would sort the matter out, but there are issues with the list, and obviously, somebody is manipulating the list. They have issued this list in such a tardy manner, in such a haphazard manner, and I believe it is all designed to manipulate the elections,” opined Liburd.
He believes that problems will exist because those in charge of the system are not following the laws and regulations governing the process.
“There will always be issues when it comes to an electoral system run by this (Labour) administration, with a minister responsible for elections who never played by the rules,” said Liburd, a member of the Team Unity political alliance headed by Dr. Timothy Harris.
He pointed to other issues related to the list, especially the photo verification list, a necessity of the electoral laws of the Federation.
“The law prescribes that a photo verification list must be issued to the presiding officers in each polling station and to the agents of the candidates. We have not been beneficiary of the law. The law is the law, and that’s one major issue,” said Liburd,
who indicated that some people have photo verification list, while others do not.
“The Government has, and obviously they passed it on to their people, but we, who are the alternative Government do no have that luxury. That is wrong,” said Liburd.
On related issues, the East Basseterre PAM candidate said they had received a voters’ list on 13th February, but now on Election Day, he is being told of a new list.
“A returning officer just told me that there is an updated list. I asked him when it was issued. He wasn’t prepared to tell me when. The returning officer in my area promised to look into it and give me some information,” Liburd disclosed, who further explained that there are some people, although they are voting in the constituency, their names have been allocated to other polling divisions.
“That is frustrating for some of the voters,” Liburd affirmed.
Meanwhile, People’s Labour Party candidate for West Basseterre Sam Condor said he has not encountered any difficulty issues, although he did point out that communications is a problem, with decisions being taken without informing the candidates. He said the polling station at the NEMA Headquarters had been split into two stations and he was not notified. He indicated he had to use persons who were not trained to work in the additional polling station in West Basseterre.
By mid-morning, the major press of people voting had scaled down, although another surge is expected by mid-afternoon.
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