PM about election fever: “Move away from accusations and politicking”

POSTED: 02/17/14 2:16 PM

St. Maarten – “Even in Parliament there are jabs flying left and right and accusing colleagues of all kinds of things. We cannot let our election continue to be clouded under these types of conditions,” Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said on Friday during her weekly radio show One on One with the Prime Minister on Pearl 98.1 FM radio.

Wescot-Williams said that there is a need “to move away from accusations and politicking. More focus should be placed on having the elections as the uninhabited voice of the people of St. Maarten in choosing their representatives.”

The prime minister linked the issue to “the matter of integrity”: “It is going to take time; a changed mindset for all. One of the main things we need to focus on is changing how people, political parties and voters are accusing one another and throwing out allegations and personal attacks. I think that together we need to turn things in the right direction or else no one will have confidence in our elections and our politicians anymore.”

Wescot-Williams expressed satisfaction with her presentation in Parliament last Monday about electoral reform. “I believe that I achieved what I wanted,” she said in a press statement. “The intention was to get Parliament’s feedback and to get the discussion going. The most important thing is to inform ourselves and the people of St. Maarten about matters related to electoral reform.”

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