Douglas and Anthony say massive corruption in June 5 poll; five Labour candidates file petitions in High Court

Cover Photo – The Right Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas addressing the media and scores of Labour Party Supporters

By Erasmus Williams

Basseterre, St Kitts, June 27 2020 – Alleging “massive fraud” in the June 5, 2020, general elections, five of the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) candidates filed election petitions challenging the outcome of the poll.

“The petitions allege massive corruption in the elections, massive corruption and I ask everybody when it is published in the newspapers to read them carefully,” the party’s legal counsel Sylvester Anthony told WINN FM in a brief comment while the petitions were being filed on Friday afternoon.

National Political Leader of the SKNLP, the Right Hon Dr Denzil L Douglas told a large gathering of supporters from the steps of the Sir Lee Llewellyn Moore Judicial and Legal Services Complex that the party’s agents report that there was massive cheating in the conduct of the general elections held during a State of Emergency and COVID-19 conditions.

“We have found from the evidence that there was massive corruption. There was inducement, bribery, bribery in a massive way, using assets of the government, assets belonging to you the people being used to bribe the electorate, the voters to vote for them,” said Dr Douglas.

“These are serious matters that we believe could have affected the outcome of the election and thus we are asking the court to look at the evidence, to look at the petitions of our candidates and determine whether or not those who were returned were fairly and justifiably returned, and if not, quash the returns of the Returning Officers and if we do not have our candidates appointed instead, then we would have a new election So today, we say to you the people, that the government headed by Harris is illegal, it is illegitimate, so we are asking for new elections, fair elections to elect the members of our Parliament. We also want to make it clear, that there were really no serious observers during the elections, they did not want any international election observers to monitor the elections because Harris told them (OAS and Commonwealth) observers that if they came they would have to be quarantined for 14 days and by that time the elections would have been long gone,” Douglas told the cheering crowd.

Douglas emphasized that the June 5 poll elections “were fraudulent, the government is illegal and we want fresh elections in this country.”

He thanked the crowd for their continuing support.

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