St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Opposition Leader not Happy with Election Results

Reports out of St. Vincent revealed that Eustace said on radio on the night of Tuesday 14th December, “An NDP win was clear as day to everyone who had eyes to see; but somehow I believe that we have been cheated out of a brighter future.”

In his first public statement since leading his party to a third straight loss against Dr Ralph Gonsalves and the Unity Labour Party (ULP), Eustace said the NDP  “will aggressively pursue all legal actions and international redress” to have the elections “dismissed as unfair, unjust, and undemocratic; and thus null and void”.

“These elections have not been free and fair; let me make that very clear,” Eustace said in his radio address.

The ULP won eight of the 15 parliamentary seats while the NDP won seven, four more than it held in the last two Parliaments.

The OAS, in a preliminary statement, said “the election was conducted with minimal incidents and complied with international standards for inclusiveness and transparency”.

“The people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines have once again demonstrated their commitment to democracy in a peaceful manner,” said OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza.

But according to the reports, Eustace said Tuesday night that “the conspiracy to defraud the electorate seem to run deeper and much deeper than it first meets the eye.

“Evidence suggests widespread and systematic irregularities that were designed to affect the outcome of the elections,” he said.

He said the NDP “will accept the results with good grace and calm if this result would really be adjudged to reflect the will of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines”.

The former prime minister, who retained his East Kingstown seat for a fourth time since 1998, said that after assessing the statistical validity of the results against polling data leading up to and during these elections, “there is now cause for serious concern”

The NDP is especially concerned about the result of two constituencies won by the ULP.

Eustace did not identify the constituencies but said they both “seem to indicate irregularities of one kind or another”.

The ULP had its narrowest margins of victory in West St. George and Central Leeward, which it won by 122 and 155 votes, respectively.

On another note, Dr. Gonsalves, took the Oath of Office as Prime Minister for a third consecutive time on Wednesday, 15th December.

According to preliminary results, the ULP got 27,648 votes or 51.61 per cent of the popular votes while the NDP received 26,231 votes or 47.78 per cent. The Green Party got 123 votes or 0.21 per cent.

The ULP won the North Windward, North Central Windward, South Central Windward, South Windward, Marriaqua, East St. George, West St. George, and Central Leeward seats.

The NDP triumphed in North Leeward, South Leeward, West Kingstown, Central Kingstown, East Kingstown, Northern Grenadines, and Southern Grenadines.

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