By Elesha George (Antigua Observer) It’s no secret that persuasion of electorates is a significant part of the election course in Antigua and Barbuda, or in any other country for that matter.
We’ve all heard the stories, of political hopefuls “helping” constituents, more so those who are registered to vote.
And while it can be frowned upon as “unethical” behaviour, the ability to prove and prosecute a person for engaging in what the country’s Representation of the People Act deems “unlawful” is indeed a long shot in the twin island state.
Take for example the actions of Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who last Saturday was filmed handing out money to people in his constituency, while making what some would consider an intentional effort to crash an opposition campaign initiative.
Even after seeing various videos and pictures, the general response from onlookers was that “every politician does it”.
But the question remains why they get away with it and the answer is quite simple – it takes a concerted effort and a whole lot of legal arguments to see a matter like this through the courts.