Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Keeping Our Elections Fair

The 1999 election was condemned across the world for being corrupt and unfair. So, we reformed the election process and the 2004 election was seen as much more fair and representative of the will of the people. Regardless of who wins, it is critical to our democracy that the poll be free, fair and represent the will of the people. To that end, we need people of integrity to serve as election workers.

The Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) is entering a state of readiness for the country’s general elections.

Indications of the national poll on the horizon, constitutionally due in 2009, came recently as Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer addressed members of his party, urging them to rally behind the party as it launches its campaign.

The commission, in a statement, said it is now seeking the assistance of competent individuals to serve as election workers during the next general elections.

The commission is encouraging competent individuals to apply to serve as returning officers, presiding officers and poll clerks.

We don't need political scoundrels holding these positions. Let's hope that fair minded people who put the integrity of our democracy above their political affiliations take these slots. It's up to us, Antigua & Barbuda. Don't let the hotheads and the scoundrels control the political process. Help us protect our democracy by signing up to work the election.

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