ALLEGATIONS OF ILLEGAL AND UNETHICAL ELECTORAL PRACTICES: By CTUSAB, BPSA & BARP

The Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados (CTUSAB), joins with the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) and the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP), in expressing consternation about the allegations of “vote-buying” on the part of some candidates in the February 21, General Elections in Barbados. We believe that solicitation of votes on Election Day, or “vote-buying” is illegal, unethical and irresponsible behaviour.

The allegation that candidates were involved in “vote-buying” is extremely disturbing and if substantiated, such behaviour must be strongly denounced. CTUSAB, the BPSA and BARP are calling attention to the fact that “vote-buying” is destined to corrupt and undermine the electoral process in Barbados thereby impacting the democratic process in our nation.  In addition, to allow such a practice to emanate from the leadership in our nation can potentially contribute to the growing indiscipline and erosion of the value system in Barbadian society. (PERSONAL FILE IMAGE)

The allegation that candidates were involved in “vote-buying” is extremely disturbing and if substantiated, such behaviour must be strongly denounced. CTUSAB, the BPSA and BARP are calling attention to the fact that “vote-buying” is destined to corrupt and undermine the electoral process in Barbados thereby impacting the democratic process in our nation. In addition, to allow such a practice to emanate from the leadership in our nation can potentially contribute to the growing indiscipline and erosion of the value system in Barbadian society. (PERSONAL FILE IMAGE)

CTUSAB, the BPSA and BARP, are equally concerned about the developing practice of the failure to remove posters of candidates and bunting of the colours of the respective parties by polling day. Indeed there remains today posters and bunting on display. We therefore call on all parties to address this deficiency within the shortest possible time.

We remain committed to the observance of good governance in our nation.

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