Vandalism of candidates’ signs also a concern
Allegations of bribery have been brought to the attention of the Elections Office, prompting Supervisor of Elections Kearney Gomez to issue a statement on the matter.
There have been complaints of some candidates providing house repairs and promises of future favours to electors in the districts in which they are candidates, Mr. Gomez said.
“The Elections Office wishes to advise that it cannot act on complaints alone unless the person or persons complaining are willing to come forward and provide a written statement. While the police are ready and willing to deal with such matters, it is a waste of their time and that of the Elections Office to have complaints being made and the persons complaining then refusing to cooperate.”
Another matter of concern to election officials is the ongoing vandalism of candidates’ posters and other signage displayed in the various electoral districts.
“This type of irresponsible behaviour cannot be tolerated,” Mr. Gomez said.
“In order to deliver free and fair elections, everyone in the community needs to participate in a positive way. Those individuals who commit such acts of vandalism should be ashamed of themselves and are reminded that all perpetrators, if caught, will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”