Calls to address ‘spoilt ballots’ grow in Saint Lucia

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Calls to address ‘spoilt ballots’ grow in Saint Lucia
St. Lucia Labour Party Leader and Prime Minister Kenny Anthony (left) with two of his candidates ahead of the 2011 General Elections | Photo: teleSUR This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address: "http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Calls-to-Address-Spoilt-Ballots-Grow-in-Saint-Lucia-20151228-0024.html". If you intend to use it, please cite the source and provide a link to the original article. www.teleSURtv.net/english
St. Lucia Labour Party Leader and Prime Minister Kenny Anthony (left) with two of his candidates ahead of the 2011 General Elections | Photo: teleSUR This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address:   "http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Calls-to-Address-Spoilt-Ballots-Grow-in-Saint-Lucia-20151228-0024.html". If you intend to use it, please cite the source and provide a link to the original article. www.teleSURtv.net/english
St. Lucia Labour Party Leader and Prime Minister Kenny Anthony (left) with two of his candidates ahead of the 2011 General Elections | Photo: teleSUR

teleSUR – Elections in Saint Lucia are constitutionally due by 2017, but the governing party has hinted that Saint Lucian may go to the polls in early 2016.

Given this, political experts and members of the public are weighing in on an issue that has touched every regional election over the past 3 years – that of a high numbers of rejected or “spoilt” ballots.

St. Lucian Political Analyst Denys Springer says this must be considered before the country goes to the Polls.

“I’m a little bit concerned about what we mean by a spoilt vote. Because one party may say no these are not spoilt votes, whereas the other party may say yes these are spoilt votes, so we have to come to an arrangement, or some form of conclusion as to what is a vote that is not accepted,” he said.

Some members of the public believe the answer lies with an electronic voting process. Most Caribbean countries still use the ‘pencil and paper’ method, marking the letter ‘x’ next to the name of their chosen candidate.

“Technology is a very good asset for us now. It helps to make our voting process much faster and the number of spoilt ballots that we get, this could be eliminated,” Gizelle Charles told teleSUR.

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  1. Dennis Springer have a PhD in "SHIT-TE-BRAIN-SUBSTANCE)
    This guy is a mr. know-all a bloody-corn-artist.
    i will never give him from my "FIREBALLS CANADIAN WHISKY WITH CINNAMON"
    WHEN THE S L P GET VICTORIOUS COME NEXT ELECTION. 2016
    ZOT-SAY-UWPPPPP..............TOUFE.

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  2. to show how much politicians are out of touch wasn't a group from that recently came up with electronic voting , this eliminate spoil ballots and reduce voting time . we still there stone age asking a population who know that a significant are illiterate and asking them read and write. this country never ceases to amaze me

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  3. What D.Springer have to say can't justify some voters at the polls being dishonest,knowledgeable or comical with their ballots at the polls simply because the only things some St.Lucians take serious is violence an parting their axe off

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  4. Denys Springer is NOT a political analyst/scientist. To be called an analyst/scientist, one requires at least a Masters Degree. Springer doesn't possess this. So please, don't abuse my senses with his pronouncements.

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    • I've been saying the same thing about the media's reference to him as a Clinical Psychologist. The man has a Ph.D. in religion. He does not see patients, does not and has never published any research connected to clinical psychology. An Msc. in clinical psychology is insufficient for the title of clinical psychologist. The media really needs to do an exploration of the credentialing of certain persons parading titles in St. Lucia. But I'll hold my breath.

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