I’ve been looking on as the drama unfolds in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, particularly regarding matters of electoral concerns. The latest exchange between Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Godwin Friday and Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is further evidence that only one side seems to be concerned about the issues raised. I have never heard the ULP complain about voter transfers, and other issues surrounding the electoral system. It has always been former Leader of the Opposition, Arnhim Eustace and the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), and now Friday and the NDP. Why is that?
I am suggesting that the NDP stop playing victim, and rig it too. Here are some suggestions, based on few observations:
- Cut back on the amount spent on election jerseys and other paraphernalia. Use some of that savings to “bribe” too. Thousands of votes are up for grabs, and maybe they aren’t so expensive either. “3 for 10”, perhaps? Get in on the action. The lumber, galvanize and cement might be stale now. Figure out something else that will draw long lines to the giveaway.
- It’s also time to haggle over the agents too, inside agents; maybe even some of the “officers” too. Times are hard and people are strapped. It may not even take the highest bidder. Get in on the unsigned and unstamped ballot paper sweepstakes. Just don’t get caught on tape looking for agents. Use the other method; the one that is commonly used.
- Get in on the voter manipulation programme. Why can’t the Grenadines stronghold spare a few hundred transfers to Central Leeward? Maybe even Central Kingstown can spare some. There must be a boyfriend or girlfriend or offspring who can “legitimately” transfer. Do it during the last part of the special 15-day registration. They will never be able to verify them.
- Electronic copies of the FINAL list are sent to everyone. It can be modified. It’s easy to modify and print. No one will ever know the difference. You saw it in action in East Kingstown last election. Who had the correct list? By the time the confusion is settled, the day is over, and all would have already voted. All you need is a name on the list. Get with the programme and splice a few names in there.
Instead of complaining to deaf ears, get with the programme, NDP. Throw your wallet in the ring and take advantage of personal greed and the “broken system”. Rig it too.
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