KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, April 22, IWN – Representatives of the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) met with Supervisor of Elections, Silvia Findlay-Scrubb, on April 9 to discuss the voter’s list.
“And she ( herself asked for a meeting on the question of the voter’s list because we can’t have a voters list of 103,000 and it be real,” Opposition Leader and NDP president, Arnhim Eustace, said last week.
“It can’t be real to have a list with a population like ours. That is more like the whole population, including babies would vote,” he further said.
The latest census figures are yet to be released, but this country is believed to have a population of between 100,000 and 106,000.
The NDP had in January called for the voter’s list to be cleaned up.
It said in a press release on Jan. 30 that while preparing for the 2010 general elections, it found on the voters list the name of almost 1,000 persons who are outside SVG for more than five years, who are not qualified to vote.
The NDP then restated its call for the voters list “to be analysed and cleaned up”.
Meanwhile, the ruling Unity Labour Party has also expressed concerns about the size of the voter’s list.
ULP general-secretary, Sen. Julian Francis, in February called on the NDP to join with the ULP in trying to rid the list of the names of persons who do not qualify to vote here.
“The Unity Labour Party intends to spend a fair amount of time addressing this matter at our level, the party level,” Francis said.
He said the party’s activities in cleaning up the list are separate from those of the government.