Former Government Minister and a founding Member of Operation Future Richard Caines

By Staff Writer

When the Team Unity administration ran for office in 2015, the candidates promised electoral reform.  Former government minister Richard Caines believes it is high time they delivered.

That was one of the promises Team Unity made to voters in its 2015 election manifesto and while on the campaign trail. Mr. Caines, one of the founding members of Operation Future, said, “To the Team Unity Administration, I would say to your 18 months in office that I want to see the process of electoral reform started in some fashion.”

Caines has been a critic of government for failing to fulfill its short term promises.  And he noted the government has thus far ignored its promise to voters to reform the electoral system.

He denies being critical, claiming he is objective and that when 2020 rolls around he wants to see something positive done on the issue.

He made the remarks on his weekly radio program.  He said in 2020 people should be able to enter all the polling places freely.

A number of electoral challenges occurred during the 2015 general elections with the then opposition coalition Team Unity making challenge  in court.  Chief Elections Officer Wingrove George actually suspended the counting of ballots because of safety concerns.  After taking office, the government launched investigations into the problems but to date no official word has been received on their findings.

The Observer tried to reach the Attorney General for comment, but his mobile phone was turned off and he was out of office.  Prime Minister The Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris was out of the country in Dominica attending a funeral service for the late police constable Brian Pacquette.