Voter arrested for photographing ballot – only one caught of many!
Did the voter support the DLP or BLP candidate?
by Passin Thru
Why photograph your ballot? To prove your vote so you can receive payment!
Police made an arrest today after a voter was seen about noon using a cell phone to photograph their marked ballot while voting. This arrest absolutely proves that the rumours of the past three elections are true: people are being paid for their votes. But this was only voter arrested and obviously this was not the only person bribed to vote. How much were they paid? Who paid them? How many other voters were paid for their vote?
The practice of paying for votes strikes right at the heart of our democracy. This person should be jailed for the full six months penalty and all inquiries should be made with the party and candidate supported by the arrested voter. The voter’s jail sentence should be doubled if he or she doesn’t tell the name of the person who paid them for their vote.
The results in that constituency should be nullified and a new election should be held.
Biscuits and Tinned Beef
In ‘de good ol day’ candidates would drive through the village handing out tinned beef, biscuits and rum. The corruption is a little more sophisticated these days with voters required to document their vote via cell phone camera. That was the rumour and now we know it is for truth.
Was the voter putting his mark on the DLP or BLP? Bajans deserve to know!
Arrested for photographing ballot
One person is in police custody following an incident in a polling booth where the individual reportedly took a cell phone picture of the ballot after it was marked with an x for one of the candidates contesting the 2013 general election.
The incident occurred after allegations surfaced that some individuals were paying Barbadians for their vote in the 2013 election.
CBC understands that the incident occurred just after midday and that the individual is likely to be charged with breaching the requirement of secrecy in an election.
Legal officials have told CBC that the penalty for such an offence on summary conviction is six months in jail.
… thanks to the CBC for the news story and the photo!
Also see CBC’s Cash for Votes