Calls to address ‘spoilt ballots’ grow in Saint Lucia
Elections in Saint Lucia are constitutionally due by 2017 but the governing party has hinted that Saint Lucians may go to the polls in early 2016.
Given this, political experts and members of the public are weighing in on an issue that has touched every regional election over the past three years – that of a high numbers of rejected or “spoilt” ballots.
St. Lucian Political Analyst Denys Springer says this must be considered before the country votes. “I’m a little bit concerned about what we mean by a spoilt vote because one party may say, ‘No, these are not spoilt votes,’ whereas the other party may say, ‘Yes, these are spoilt votes,’ so we have to come to an arrangement, or some form of conclusion, as to what is a vote that is not accepted,” he said.
Some members of the public believe the answer lies with an electronic voting process. Most Caribbean countries still use the ‘pencil and paper’ method, marking the letter ‘x’ next to the name of their chosen candidate.
“Technology is a very good asset for us now. It helps to make our voting process much faster and the number of spoilt ballots that we get, this could be eliminated,” Gizelle Charles told teleSUR.