Election Scruples? Bahhh..! Trott Talk by Amba Trott

I don’t know about you, but I’m expecting the next Federal Election to be an extremely troublesome affair. I have absolutely no confidence in the integrity of our electoral system anymore. Ever since the revelations of the irregularities allowed, encouraged and conducted by the nation’s Supervisor of Elections in 2011, I no longer trust the electoral officials and personnel to perform their duties honestly. Although I don’t actually know any of them, I have come to expect the worst. I might have felt differently if only the new Supervisor of Elections had publicly said something like the following when he was appointed: “My Dear fellow Citizens, as the new Supervisor of Elections I want to assure you that there will be a major change in the way things are done during my tenure. There will be no more dereliction of duty, no misfeasance, no hanky-panky tolerated while I am around. I will keep you apprised of developments as soon as I’ve had a chance to get up to speed.”Something as simple as that might have made all the difference in the world to the public perception of things in that area. But to the best of my knowledge, the individuals who replaced the disgraced Electoral officials have never publicly stated that their predecessors actions were wrong and brought discredit to their profession. And to the best of my knowledge, they have never indicated that they will do any better, that they would not follow the same path, or that they would scrupulously do everything in their power to ensure that elections under their watch are conducted properly, and in a manner that can be clearly seen by all to be free and fair and without blemish. (Why not… why in the world, not?) Prime Minister Denzil Douglas has long been on record as saying that he will not call the next election until he is certain that every one of his candidates will win. (Oh-ho!) And isn’t it the Prime Minister who chooses the Supervisor of Elections? (Ah-hah!) And bear in mind that the Prime Minister has never publicly stated that the previous Supervisor of Elections had done anything wrong. (Uh-huh!) In fact after the man was castigated by the courts for bias, bad faith, and misfeasance, and ordered with his co-defendants to pay the plaintiff’s costs, the Prime Minister appointed him to be Superintendent of Police in his capacity as Chaplin for the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force. (Eh-eh?) Doesn’t that seem like he’s being rewarded with high honour for wrongdoing? (Mm-hmm?) On top of all that, the Prime Minister even stated recently that the government would pay the costs that the court had levied against the miscreants. (Doesn’t that make you wonder what is going on here? Aren’t things getting Stranger and Stranger..? Shucks!) But the court case didn’t unravel the whole unscrupulous skein that had been knitted into the electoral fabric of St. Kitts and Nevis. Most of the yarn is still intact and the knitting needles are still working away. In the electoral skein of things, a few stitches may have been dropped (or purled), but the basic throat-grabbing insidious choker pattern seems to be proceeding without hindrance. I can vividly recall two of the NRP stalwarts claiming that since they were freed from the burden of paying costs, that proved they were innocent of wrongdoing. Now, I suppose, Bernadette Lawrence and Pastor Leroy Benjamin can say the same thing. (Ho, ho, hah!) It gets Stranger and Stranger doesn’t it. More and more it seems that in certain quarters it is believed that the general populace is really “…just a flock of sheep who can’t do anything about being sheared!”Neither the Nevis Reformation party nor the St. Kitts Labour Party have ever expressed any regret or remorse over the unscrupulous conduct and wrongdoings perpetrated by their agents in the 2011 election. And all those who have been found wanting by the high court in that regard, have been warmly embraced by the actions of the Prime Minister. It seems to me that something is terribly wrong with that scenario. It seems to me that rather than cozying up to wrongdoers of any sort, the Prime Minister ought to have put as much distance between them and himself as is humanely (sic) possible. And it also seems to me that if the new Supervisor of Elections has any intention of restoring integrity to the electoral system and improving the public perception of, and trust in the St. Kitts and Nevis Electoral Officials, he will communicate more fully and freely just what he is doing that is different from his predecessors. Of course if he doesn’t, we’ll know we can expect more of the same old lack of scruples from certain quarters whenever election time rolls around again. (Arrghhh!)

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