By Demion McTair. Updated 1:54 p.m., Tuesday, July 7, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Opposition Senator and Attorney at Law, Kay Bacchus-Baptiste says that she believes illegal ballots were dropped into ballot boxes when polling agents went on bathroom breaks, in the 2015 General Election in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“What I believe, and listen, this is really serious, we have had interviews with persons who were agents for both sides and some of them actually confessed that they were told, or they were paid to take a bathroom break right after the poll” – Baptiste said in a conversation with Rickford Burke which was rebroadcast on July 5, 2020.
“So, these people will go to the bathroom and people would just drop the ballots. This is exactly what I believe occurred” Baptiste added.
“The box is not designed according to law. On the top of our ballot box is a big slot about one and a half inches wide. You can drop in 20/40 ballot papers very very easily, in a matter of seconds” – Baptiste further stated.
“So, there… agents who actually said that they were told to take a bathroom break, so they would not be part really part of the crowd and by the time they came back that is how I believe it was done, these illegal ballots were dropped into the box” – Senator Baptiste said.
Baptiste is a new candidate for the New Democratic Party (NDP) and will contest the general election due in 2020, in the West St. George Constituency against the Unity Labour Party’s (ULP) – Curtis King. King, an educator, historian, and social activist is also a new candidate.
Burke, the host of the program, has been vocal about the election recount process in Guyana. He is the President of the Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID).
The caption of the July 5 program was “CGID President Rickford Burke discusses Prime Minister Ralp Gonsalves’ [sic] dictatorship in St. Vincent & the Grenadines, plus allegations that he stole the last elections in 2015, with Vincentian Attorney and Senator Kay Bacchus-Baptiste and Youth Leader Mr. Kenson King”.
Several regional and international observers have said that the 2015 elections in St. Vincent and the Grenadines were free and fair.
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