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Nov 3, 2015

Secretary-General Dismisses Allegation of Political Hysteria

Myrtle Palacio

The back and forth between the P.U.P. Secretariat and the Elections and Boundaries Department has been ongoing, caused by serious allegations made against that department and against Chief Elections officer Josephine Tamai. Tamai has dismissed it as political mischief, but P.U.P. Secretary General Myrtle Palacio, who is a former Chief Elections Officer, says that it is only the Opposition doing exactly what it is supposed to do in a viable democracy.

 

Myrtle Palacio, Secretary-General, People’s United Party

“The back and forth is because we were demanding to see the register, and after the Cayo Central story broke we demanded an electric copy and that wasn’t forthcoming. And now we are here. We got an hour supervised visit. We sat there. That’s what the process is…that’s what we were told. This is a public document folks. The electoral list is a public document.”

 

Reporter

“Ma’am the Chief Election Officer has condemned the allegations suggesting that she is complicit in election fraud with the proxy votes. Is this election hysteria from the PUP?”

 

Myrtle Palacio, Secretary-General, People’s United Party

“Well you see us looking hysterical? It is our role as stakeholders to know what is happening where there’s no transparency…and it’s your role as media as well because you have a stake in this to find out what is happening. If several persons are complaining in Cayo Central, and if you look at the conflicting stories as well, you need to follow through with it. We are doing our duty as the Opposition, as a political party that is one of the horses in this race. That is exactly what we are doing. And no less, now more, people expect that from us. That’s not hysteria. That is democracy.”

 

Today O.A.S. observers were also seen at the Election and Boundaries Department. They and a team from the U.S. Embassy will be observing the elections all day Wednesday.

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1 Response for “Secretary-General Dismisses Allegation of Political Hysteria”

  1. Patriot says:

    If it is political mischief on the part of the PUP, then Tamai’s action is political maneuvering. Interesting, why is Tamai so afraid for the PUP to see the list, getting less than an hour? An electronic copy should be sent to her loyal opposition. What are they hiding? They want to cover up an election fraud.

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