Now the election is over, the deep scars left behind should be treated and healed as quickly as possible in order for the people of Nevis to move on with our lives for the betterment of ourselves, and our country. One absolute talking point that has captivated many on the island is the arrest and imprisonment of Guyanese national Joylin Ross. It is certainly unfortunate and truly sad when an individual is pressured into committing illegal activities in order to get along in life, especially while residing in a strange land. Let me make it clear that I am certainly not condoning law-breaking activities under any circumstance but one has to show some understanding. The system that we have in place here on Nevis and the individuals who control that system are in no way reputable enough to offer suggestions of decency or fairness in dealing with certain matters. The events that took place during the recent reconfirmation exercise are ample evidence to question the integrity and honesty of some of those in charge of our systems. The fact that Ms. Ross has a Nevisian born daughter attending pre-school is another matter that makes this case bothersome. Certainly, matters arising will create a psychological impact upon both mother and child that could affect their entire lives. As one who lived in another man’s country for in excess of two decades, I truly empathize with the lady who was caught and subsequently brought to justice. Not many have been in her shoes so we might have no idea of the circumstances. The old adage, “who feels it knows it” is quite applicable in this case. What makes this matter rather intriguing is the connection and individuals allegedly associated with the lady in what should have been a totally professional procedure. Based on reports By other media outlets, an individual described as “a party financier” who we know has readily open access to government ministers, is deeply in the mix. Another government employee that has close access to potent ministries was in contact with and allegedly communicated voting preferences to the Guyanese national. That could be considered intimidation especially as Ms. Ross was at the mercy of these individuals as far as her receiving a working permit and time extension is concerned. Ever since the NRP took office in July, 2006, there have been individuals and elements at work that clearly would not pass the test of standards. One party activist who ensured the shady victory on that fateful day has been openly rewarded with power and authority despite his highly questionable record and reputation. The same face has been implicated in other atrocities where others have been ordered to pay penalties and it cannot be By coincidence in this matter as well. With such an individual having open access to government ministers, it cannot augur well for the wellbeing of Nevis. Cuddling up with such a character who is well known for illegal activities and who is in a position to influence who gets or does not get work permits and other governmental benefits is unhealthy and a recipe for chaos. The other female individual named in the story that led to the national of Guyana taking her cell phone into the polling station to photograph her vote as proof should also be considered for aiding and abetting what transpired. This individual who is well known at the highest levels ought not to have been involved in the allegations of pressuring Ms. Ross to vote, a subtle white collar form of bribery and intimidation under the obvious circumstances. The case has already been tried, Ms. Ross has been charged $3000.00 to be paid within six months or spend time in jail. Also, she has not yet been released because her immigration status is not regularized and she therefore remains in custody pending further matters. Being one who knows how the shoe fits on that immigration foot, I am appealing for leniency for the lady. I do not know her but it could be an act of humanity despite her transgressions. How many more of us inadvertently went into the polling station and voted with our cell phones in our pockets and no one even noticed? How many appreciate the vigilance of the agent who picked up the signal and responded in a prudent and correct manner? How many are willing to attack the causes of effect and hold them responsible for the wrong doing in which they participated? How many more high up in government circles are doing the same, and/or similar forms of bribery and intimidations? I’m sure if the true story is told heads will roll is shame and disbelief. All these are very serious to justice towards this case.
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