The new elections law, if allowed to stand, is likely to lead to voter fraud and tilt the upcoming federal elections in favor of one party. Last week, the St. Kitts Nevis Parliament passed a new law allowing some government workers the right to vote two days prior to election day. In St. Kitts and Nevis people vote manually then place their ballots in a locked box. At the start of voting, the box is opened and inspected by agents for each candidate to ensure that it is empty and ready for the start of the voting. When voting is complete, agents for each candidate remain with the box until the end of the count. When the count is finished the boxes with the ballots inside remain in the custody of the police. At least that is the way it is done in Nevis, except the year known as the fox in the Cox box when the supervisor of elections took the Nevis boxes to St. Kitts early the following morning. That was the Nevis Island election of 2011. If persons are allowed to vote two days early as the law mandates, where would all the ballot boxes be stored and in whose custody? Will representatives for each candidate be allowed to watch the boxes for the two days? Someone suggested each candidate should be allowed to place a lock on the boxes. If the new law was concocted for the intention of fraud, do you really think that the architects of the fraud would allow a couple of locks on the boxes to stop them? It would be very easy to replace the number of votes on that day with ballots all marking x for the candidate whom the fraud is intended to benefit. For example, if at the end of the early voting day, 200 persons voted, the persons orchestrating the fraud would simply remove all the ballots in the box and replace them with 200 ballots marked x for the candidate they wish to win. The opposing candidate would have to overcome the 200 votes now in the box. This could be impossible is most constituencies. Just think about it. The upcoming elections are the most anticipated elections in our history. There is much at stake. Much is expected about the outcome of these elections. There is a lot riding on them. St. Kitts-Nevis has been a bit unstable for almost two years. Laws made by the minority government have been questioned and many believe that they may not be binding if challenged. An election we hope, as thousands of Kittitians and Nevisians believe, could bring an end to the uncertainty and return the federation to normalcy. This could only happen if the elections are fair and there are no questions of irregularity. The country will not return to normalcy if there are questions about the voting process. These elections ought not only to be fair but also seen to be fair. That said, we are asking the authorities not to implement the early voting as was passed into law, but employ the regular system that has been used here all along.