The political leader of the Congress of the People (COP) is hoping for free and fair elections on Monday, when the local government poll takes place.
Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan describes the recent issue with ballot papers as unfortunate, and is hoping the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) would have sorted matters out, so that all systems and protocols won't be compromised come voting day.
In addition, the COP leader is concerned that elections are being held without campaign finance reform, which she describes as a critical protector of the democratic process of elections.
And she is also making a case for the strengthening of the Code for Ethical Political Conduct. She says the Committee for Responsible Political Behaviour needs more teeth, so it can really police the quality of campaigning taking place.
According to the COP political leader, some political parties seem to be ignoring the code of ethical political conduct, and apart from mud-slinging, are engaging in very unsavoury behaviour, such as bribing candidates to not run in the elections, and bribing voters to vote for particular political parties.
And with regard to local government reform, the COP leader continues to lobby for community-based governance systems, and more empowered citizens and communities.
Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan says she is very disappointed that after so many efforts to create the necessary legislation, citizens still cannot see it materialise.
She believes neither campaign nor local government reform will happen before the general elections next year, because none of the political parties is interested in changing the status quo.
The COP leader is reminding the electorate to vote on issues, and to avoid getting caught up in all the dirty poli-tricks.
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