Leader of the Opposition Arnhim Eustace says he is not trying to scare anyone into not voting but that he will bring cases against persons suspected of illegal voter registration or transfer.
Eustace, president of the main Opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), told his party’s rally in Redemption Sharpes on Saturday that someone had said on radio that he is trying to frighten young people.
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“I don’t want to frighten anyone. If you’re wrong, you must pay the price. And if the price is jail, you must go to jail,” Eustace said.
He noted that St. Vincent and the Grenadines attained Adult Suffrage only in 1951.
“And that is what we have to defend today. That is what our ancestors fought for and won the battle after much trouble and they want to take it away by violating the very same adult suffrage … by allowing people who are not eligible to vote in a particular area to do that,” Eustace said.
“Ralph, you gotta stop that now. We are not going to take this matter lightly at all. I want to make that very clear. That is one of the ways they are hoping to win. Indeed, it might be the main way…” Eustace said.
General elections are constitutionally due in March 2016, but Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has said that he will allow Vincentians to elect a new government before year-end.
The Gonsalves-led Unity Labour Party is seeking an unprecedented fourth consecutive term in office for a Labour government.
The ULP holds eight of the elected seats in the 15-member Parliament, and the NDP holds the remaining seven.
Eustace, citing survey results, said he was confident of an NDP victory.
“… for what I see happening and what I know of the polls, the New Democratic Party is far ahead, far, far ahead in the polls.
“Far ahead in our polls and far ahead in their polls that they have done for their own party, and they know it, they know it.
“And, therefore, they are trying to find other means to win the next election. But that ain’t happening this time. The New Democratic Party will form the government in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 2015!” Eustace said.