Election day problems reported in St Lucia

Some Election Day troubles were reported across St Lucia and are currently being investigated.

Reports of voters waiting for as long as one hour and more have been reported in some areas, particularly in the Castries basin, where polling stations are set up at schools.

While a few persons were determined to wait, others have complained of having to leave the polling station to return to work, after standing for long periods as their names were at the bottom of the list.

Meanwhile, United Workers Party (UWP) candidate for Castries Central, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun reported that there were some issues in her constituency, which she raised with the Department.

She claimed how agents were not allowed to see ID cards of electors and she objected to this at a number of polling stations. The only way an agent can be sure that the elector who presents himself is indeed that person is by seeing that ID card.

Flood-Beaubrun said she was since advised the returning officer is now issuing a revised instruction to allow agents to see the ID cards of the voters.

In Castries South East, voters complained about not finding their names on the Voters List. Some persons said their names were on the electronic list but they could not find their names on the hard copy.

Persons experiencing these problems were advised to visit the Electoral Department to have it corrected.

There have also been reports that an individual was allegedly arrested for possession of extra ballot papers. But senior police officials could not confirm whether this information is true.

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