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.