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Nov 3, 2015

PUP Allowed 1 Hour Access to Proxy Register

It is the countdown to the 2015 national elections and within twelve hours, one hundred and ninety-seven thousand voters will head to the polls for the most important elections. On the eve of the elections today, the People’s United Party got its long anticipated and actually demanded look at the proxy register. That demand came after multiple complaints that there was election proxy fraud occurring. The P.U.P. maintains that the register is a public document, but access to that register was only granted today after threat of legal action. So access was granted, but it was supervised, and P.U.P. representatives were only allowed less than an hour to peruse a list of proxy voters numbering more than a thousand. News Five spoke to those representatives as they exited the Complex building this evening.

 

Andrew Marshalleck, Legal Advisor, People’s United Party

Andrew Marshalleck

“It’s hard to verify any of the information on there. You can only know that there are eleven hundred persons or so who have appointed proxies. About three hundred of those are security personnel, about a half dozen diplomats and all the rest are persons on election duties.”

 

Reporter

“In terms of a comparison with the numbers, is this an unexpected number of proxies?”

 

Myrtle Palacio

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

“It seems a little high. I don’t want to go into numbers. I would prefer that Andrew speak to what we saw or did not see. The issue about today is not being able to open enough for us to get a list that we can verify. Even what we saw quickly within the forty-five minutes or so, there’s no way of verifying that. If I saw your name there…unless I know you personally, I won’t know whether you are a Police officer. We have seen it and we had to push to get to this level and it was a supervised visit…like you know the bad fathers forced to visit their children…it leaves a bitter taste for our democracy at 2015. What I can say is that this is the very first time the proxy register has come into question ever, as far as I know. Ever! And there are one or two records for questioning, but we have to do our due diligence before calling out anyone’s name, but we know of one or two that are very questionable.”

 

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