Electoral Official Dismisses Claims of Voter Padding Ahead of Grenada Polls

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, Tuesday February 13, 2018 – With a month to go before Grenadians go to the polls, the Parliamentary Elections Office has dismissed claims by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) that the names of some people on the voters’ list are being transferred from one constituency to another.

And Voter and Civic Registration Officer, Ferdinand Phillip, is appealing for good sense to prevail, to avoid stirring up emotions among the voting population.

He says there are legitimate instances where people are transferred to another constituency, but he stressed that impartiality and competence are maintained at all times.

“If persons would read the law, they would be aware that these are legitimate cases that were done within the confines of the law and, so, we want persons to know that there is a process,” Phillip said.

However, he added: “If you realize or you suspect that someone has been registered and maybe they didn’t have the proper document, or maybe they registered in the wrong place, or whatever, or maybe they were transferred to another locale and you don’t agree with it, then make an objection. The law again makes provision for that.”

There have also been claims that non-nationals were being allowed to register to vote in the March 13 polls.

Phillips explained that once a person is a Commonwealth citizen residing in Grenada for a period of at least one year, unbroken, they are eligible to be registered.

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