By: Jermine Abel, SKNVibes.com
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – WITH investigations nearing three years, the Dr. Timothy Harris-led Team Unity Government may soon be in receipt of the findings into the two-prong 2015 Electoral Office breaches.
The Government had launched a two-fold investigation into what it claimed to be irregularities at the Electoral Office in Basseterre on the night of February 16, 2015 Elections and thereafter.
One aspect of the investigations is to look into alleged computer breaches under the watch of the Supervisor of Elections, and the other is for the alleged break-in at the Electoral Office.
According to Attorney-General Vincent Byron Jr., he is currently awaiting a recommendation from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on the way forward, and that this was promised within a week or two.
Speaking with reporters following the Prime Minister’s recent press conference, Byron was asked about the investigations, to which he pointed to the DPP, explaining that he was in possession of the polices’ report.
“That is an ongoing matter that has been transferred to the police and they have done their investigations. That has concluded and so the DPP is now conducting as it was his final determination as to what action would be had.”
He stressed that it is a criminal matter, thus it is out of the Government’s hands.
Following the 2015 General Elections, the Attorney-General was quoted by the Government Information Service as saying: “Following the reporting of the returns by the Acting Supervisor of Elections, Mr. Wingrove George, and suspension of these returns between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. on the morning of February 17, there has since been serious concern among citizens that there was something wrong at the Electoral Office.”
He added: “Two days later it was brought to the attention of the government that the Electoral Office had been broken into and ballot boxes stored at the office had been breached.”
The George had stopped the counting of the ballots for several hours following the elections – forcing many people to question his integrity.
Many citizens and residents were questioning the Government’s position on these investigations, with some even indicating that they were “witch hunting” as there were periods of silence on the matter.