Rigged elections at St Cuthbert’s Mission

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An aerial view of St Cuthbert’s Village. (Ministry of Housing and Water photo)

…outsiders voted; residents write govt demanding probe

Residents of St Cuthbert’s Mission off the Soesdyke-Linden Highway have filed a complaint with the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs  in which they issued a call for an investigation into the village elections held several weeks ago.

The village held elections on May 2, 2021 to elect a new Toshao as well as a new council. According  to a correspondence which was addressed to Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Pauline Sukhai, the residents alleged that the names of persons who reside outside of the village , having migrated several years prior, were added to the voters list.

“The practice of adding person/s at the last minute to the voter list , thus allowing persons who migrated from the village for several years and only allowing them to come only to vote only on elections day is a defeat on the part of the village council who have failed to create a Village Membership Rule Book. Without the Village Membership Rule Book there is no criteria to produce a list of eligible voters,” the residents said.

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The complaint was filed on May 6, 2021 within the stipulated 30-day period within which such exercises can be undertaken by residents.

More than 90 signatures accompanied the complaint and the residents noted that should any breach be found following an investigation, the minister had the power to nullify the elections declaration , install an interim village council as well as call fresh elections.

Timothy Andrews, a taxi driver, was elected toshao of the famous village at the elections held earlier in May. At the elections 576 of  862 eligible persons voted. However, residents alleged that the process saw outside influence from a Member of Parliament who was actively canvassing for a candidate in the lead-up to the polls.

It was also alleged that persons who reside at other villages along the Soesdyke-Linden Highway and as far as Canada also voted at the elections.



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