The NDP candidate for West St. George in the recently concluded general elections is adamant that the elections were not free and fair.
She said that she has written the President of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Christian Council Reverend Adolph Davis on the matter.
Reverend Davis who also chairs the National Monitoring Consultative Mechanism (NMCM), the local body which oversees the conduct of general elections here along with his team has released a preliminary report concluding that the elections were free and fair.
Bacchus-Baptiste a lawyer by profession in disagreement said:
“I read the preliminary report of the National Monitoring Consultative Mechanism and I was somewhat disturbed that the preliminary report said that the elections were free and fair.”
“I was so concerned that I penned a letter, I penned a letter to the Chairman, Reverend Davis and I must say that he has answered me and I have been sending him information, information gathered from all the constituencies that show that the elections were not free and fair, that there was bribery, wholesale bribery in the elections.”
She said she submitted evidence of widespread bribery across all the constituencies citing that it is an offence to bribe a voter with cash or any other thing for their vote.
“All of St. Vincent is aware and we are not going to stand by and let the observers tell us that the elections were free and fair when it was not.”
The first time candidate also said that she will not abandon constituents after losing in her bid to become the representative to former headmaster Curtis King by over 400 votes.
“I am not giving up. I am staying right here. So, look for me my people of West St. George. I am not giving up. I am staying right here.”
“I am going to bring the victory home for you, mark it. No amount of bribery is going to do it next time because you know what the Bible says about bribery…they shall take no bribery for bribery blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous.”