An opposition lawmaker appears to be so convinced that his colleagues are the legitimate government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines that they should sit in the government benches in Parliament.
“As a matter of fact, you know, left to me alone, I wudda done gone over on the other side and take up my seat, you know. It’s my friends who tell me I can’t do that, but that is my position,” St. Clair Leacock said on Saturday.
He was speaking at a rally, in Georgetown, of the New Democratic Party of which he is one of two vice presidents.
Leacock said that he sees it as his job to ensure that opposition leader and NDP president, Godwin Friday is the next prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“That you can be assured of,” said Leacock, who is into his second five-year term as Member of Parliament for Central Kingstown.
Leacock was speaking at a rally where Lauron “Sharer” Baptiste spoke of some of the evidence adduced during the trial of the election petition that he has brought.
Baptiste, who was the NDP’s candidate in North Windward, is challenging the announced victory of the Unity Labour Party’s Montgomery Daniel in that district in the December 2015 general election.
At the rally, Kay Bacchus-Baptiste, a lawyer, NDP senator and Lauron’s wife, also spoke to the issues in the petition, in which she is a member of the NDP’s legal team.
The NDP’s Benjamin “Ben” Exeter has also brought a case challenging the results in Central Leeward, where the ULP’s Sir Louis Straker was declared the winner.
Leacock said he could understand the issues that the petitioners have raised, saying he was similarly disadvantaged in 2005, his first outing at the polls, when he lost by 14 votes to the ULP’s Conrad Sayers.
“I can’t make the case as good as sister Kay or her husband with respect to the elections outcome, but I have every reason to believe them because I sat in the court through most of the deliberations and the presentations.
“And I know for a fact, as far back as in 2005, that they teef. Because when they say that I lost by 14 votes, I never lost an election in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. They teef, hands down.
“And all the things that have come out here in 2015, I took ‘Stalky’ John as my lawyer to the police barracks to deal with those same issues. You couldn’t find the counterfoils, you couldn’t find the key for the ballot boxes, you had more ballots at the end of the day than at the start of the day, and the stubs couldn’t balance,” Leacock said.
“There are so many irregularities — well, I wouldn’t say irregularities because what we call irregularities in St. Vincent, in America, they call it wrongdoings. I believe America has the better word. There are simply too many wrongdoings and we have to bring it to an end.”