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Former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony is alleging that massive purchasing of votes took place on election day (June 6) and said there is evidence to prove it.
In a Facebook post today (June 6), Dr. Anthony said he does not believe or accept that the loss of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) is explained by the massive purchasing of votes.
However, he believes that the purchasing of votes influenced the final outcome in some marginal constituencies, for example, Dennery South, Castries South, Soufriere and Anse La Raye/ Canaries.
The former prime minister said despite this issue was brought to the attention of the Electoral Commission, no efforts were made to investigate the claims and allegations.
“Not even the guardians of our electoral democracy, they moved to condemn, investigate or simply ask for evidence,” he stated in his post.
Dr. Anthony highlighted that while some people have doubted that there are laws against influencing electors to vote or not to vote, the laws against such acts are found in the Elections Act, Cap 1.02, Revised Laws of Saint Lucia, 2008.
“What occurred is unprecedented in our electoral history. And there is abundant evidence. I have a picture of a young man who proudly showed me a one hundred dollar bill he received in Vieux Fort South on election day as the polls were coming to a close,” he claims.
Dr. Anthony also claims that in one marginal constituency, Dennery South, a young man was sent to collect and he came back with $500.00, stating that there are many other cases.
He continued: “Pleas to the police officers on duty went unheeded. I guess we all know why. In Vieux Fort South money was dispensed by (name withheld) with impunity. So too was money distributed freely by a high official of one local church. He can always sue me for defamation if I have told an untruth.”
The former SLP leader believes a start should be made to expose those who corrupted “our political process on election day. We must name them and provide the evidence of their corrupt acts and behaviour. We must not allow this matter to die.”
Dr. Anthony’s post has prompted many responses with some supporting his views and others disagreeing.
Sarah Joseph said, “Cheap talk Kenny, so you saying almost every flambeau got paid to vote? Nonsense.”
“This election is like a gro pwell to some. It annoys me to hear labourites in particular wishing bad on our beautiful island. The people have spoken. Accept defeat and move on. Better luck next time,” Angel St Hill said.
Another person identified as, Nylar Thomas, said: “You’re right my pm money was distributed in Laborie also because they knew without that they would never win an election never but am not bordered or moved time will tell.”