On Tuesday morning the Peoples United Party’s legal advisor Anthony Sylvester at a press conference told the media that they were concerned about the way the Elections and Boundaries Department was managing the matter of voting by proxy in next week’s election.
He specifically pointed out that as of Tuesday that they have not been able to see the register kept of the names of hundreds of persons who had applied and had been granted the right to have someone vote for them since they would be unable to do so, due to their official duties.
On Tuesday Mrs. Myrtle Palacio, the PUPs Secretary General wrote to Mrs. Josephine Tamai demanding that they be allowed to see the register with the names of the proxy voters and giving her until the end of the day today to do so.
At news time tonight the Chief Elections Officer has not responded but another event may have superseded the PUPs concerns.
Earlier today Horace Grant, the PUPs campaign manager for Cayo Central wrote Mrs. Tamai, accusing her of instructing the Cayo Registering Officer to sign hundreds of blank proxy forms. Grant said that she had done so in a phone call to UDP chairman Alberto August which he had played out loud on the speaker of his phone.
Late this afternoon Tamai responded to Grant and denied that the incident had happened in that manner. She said that August had brought one form for a police officer but because he, August had filled in the date rather than the Commissioner of Police, the Cayo Registering Officer had refused the form and had not accepted it.
Tamai says she instructed the officer to sign and accept the form because it had all the necessary verifiable information on it.
Horace Grant told us that they are conducting further investigations of the incident with a view to possibly mounting a challenge,
Meanwhile Mrs. Palacio and the PUP Secretariat have written another strongly worded letter to the Chief Elections Officer demanding to be shown the register of proxy voters. We will be keeping you informed of how this matter plays out in the days ahead.
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