UPP wants police to intervene in alleged acts of bribery

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The main opposition United Progressive Party says it has received reports of election bribery.
It says that according to reports, one political party is offering money to certain electors, to relinquish their voter identification cards, with a guarantee that the cards would be returned to them after the election.
“This illegal practice of paying electors to give up their voter identification card, is intended to ensure that these persons would be unable to vote in the upcoming election,” the UPP warned in a press release.
“Persons inclined to vote for the United Progressive Party have been targeted,” it adds.
The UPP Legal Team has characterized this action as “blatant bribery,” that is contrary to Section 29 (2)(a) (b) (c) and (d) of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act 2001.
“This is a corrupt practice under our elections law, but we are not in the least surprised, given the Labour party’s history of corruption, voter manipulation and the current desperation of the ABLP,” says Leon Chaku Symister legal advisor to the UPP.  “It is our intention to take further steps to have law enforcement monitor these violators, with a view to bring them to justice” Symister continued.
The UPP wants any person found engaging in the practice of election bribery, to be prosecuted.
The UPP further condemns the alleged offering of loans to voters in St. John’s Rural East and St. Mary’s South to induce them to vote.  It says the lending of money is also a crime under section 29 (3) of the Act.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. This smells like a losing party who is trying to get their excuses in early. It’s an outrageous and ridiculous attempt at pity from the UPP and they should be ashamed of themselves.

  2. “…one political party is offering money to certain electors, to relinquish their voter identification cards, with a guarantee that the cards would be returned to them after the election.:

    This is what CHESTER HUGHES allegedly did in the 2014 elections and he still lost. So let this be a lesson that “shortcut lead you to hell” so “stick with the straight and narrow”

  3. Desprate times calls for desperate measure the UPP knows they are heading for defeat so they looking for excuses what a joke

  4. Well this is the biggest joke of this silly season. Is this a defence tactic? Is this they best they can do? Lard me belly.😂 just one week to go it soon over and somebody go cry 😢

  5. Oh please Chacku go back to you failing legal career. If your party so confident they winning why jump on the propaganda machine. U miss being the chairman of APUA that badly.

  6. If Chacku has any shred of evidence he is a lawyer he knows what to do. Do not come to the police for them to wast their time and chasing a wild goose. They have enough on their plate with keeping law and order this election. Cause many are getting very nervous as the time draws near. The hour of reckoning is drawing near. 17-0. It will be swift and short. The pain will be so swift some will need mental help to overcome this.

    • I have a voters card to rent for 10k until after the elections. Inquire within. If you know of such skullduggery call the police immediately. Why hasn’t anyone been arrested? In this day and age of cell phones, no one can get a pic or video of said infraction?

  7. This is Really Happening GUYS! They are paying like $5000 for each card and targeting undecided voters. I also know that he is giving away Laptops and a $1000 to people who go and visit him whether or not they are even from his constituency.

    • You,ll are laughable and sound real desperate,grasping at cobwebs.. Someone can give me a million$$ and if i do not want to vote for that person,i still dont have to..People vote for who they want to.. Ru just flap and Done and cant tek it.. 17 NONE-TEK DAT .

  8. All these people on this chat. Where in Antigua you live. This has been happening long time.

  9. All these people on this chatting like they don’t know what is going on. We see what we want to see and hear what we want to hear. Where in Antigua you live. This has been happening long time.

  10. Chaku is a known troublemaker, he has been that way all his life. Even during the tribunal, he pushed involving Hurst, Paddie James, and Watt, the judges many a times came to this conclusion. Chaku should tell the public, what prevent a voter from telling ABEC that they lost their ID and getting it replaced after paying 100.00? Fact is even what he suggests was happening, it still would not prevent a voter from voting, if they wanted to

  11. I think you would’ve gotten more mileage with some new innovative ideas! How about that CS?

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