COP: Our candidates were bought off by other parties

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 16:15

The Congress of the People (COP) says some of its candidates were bought off by their political opponents hours before they were supposed to register for the Local Government Election (LGE.)

Speaking at a press conference a short while ago in Curepe, COP chairman Lonsdale Williams said the day before registration opened for the LGE the party had 18 candidates on their slate.

But by the time the registration started last Monday at the various Elections and Boundaries Commission offices across the country, the party was down by eight candidates.

"We have been told that our candidates were being offered money not to contest the LGE," Williams said.

However, he said the party could not confirm how many of the eight took the money to withdraw their candidacies.

One candidate also dropped out of the race after registering.

Lonsdale said the COP has also been informed by its supporters that their political opponents have been offering $300 bribes for votes.

COP leader Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan said the party's supporters have vowed to record and share any instances of bribing and these recordings will be shared with the police and the media.

- Sharlene Rampersad