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Apr 29, 2019

Minister Elrington: “No Hesitance in Spending the Resources that I Have”

Wilfred Elrington

And to bring out every single voter will take some serious resources, especially money. Reports are emerging that U.D.P. standard bearers and area representatives are expected to received tens of thousands of dollars in preparation for the May eighth I.C.J. referendum. Foreign Affairs Minister and Pickstock Area Wilfred Elrington says he doesn’t know of that report when we posed the question, but what he does know is that he will ‘sell out everything’ if he has to and ‘use the resources to get people to go and vote.’


Wilfred Elrington, U.D.P. Area Rep., Pickstock 

 “To be in politics takes cash.”


Hipolito Novelo

“All of it.”


Wilfred Elrington

“Lots of cash and I have been actively campaigning and being involved in politics since 1983. I have spent; I am sure, well over a million dollars of my own money being involved in politics over all those years. Whatever I spend, on this referendum is going to be insignificant of little or no value compared to the benefit to the benefit that will accrue to me, to the country, to my children and to my children’s children from bringing a peaceful end to this matter. So as far as I am concerned money is of no importance. If I have to sell out everything and use the resources to get people to go and vote, I am prepared to do that. I think the price is sufficiently big for me to do that. I have no hesitation with respect to spending monies and as you all know I have historically spent my own monies. This is a matter that I am very, very convicted over and I have no reluctance or hesitance in spending the resources that I have.”


Hipolito Novelo

“And is that if you believe they would vote yes?”


Wilfred Elrington

“I am hoping, as I had said one time, if you know what I know and if you vote no you got to be crazy. So I believe that we have done all in our power to educate them, to inform them. The information is available and I so I am confident that most people, most people are going to vote yes. But I am prepared to risk the chance of them even voting no. The important thing is to get them to go out to vote.”

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