OECS calls for public calm in St. Vincent; opposition vows massive civil protest

Opposition supporters protest in St. Vincent. Photo credit: Ernesto Cooke
Opposition supporters protest in St. Vincent. Photo credit: Ernesto Cooke

The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has called for public calm following the disputed general election in St. Vincent and Grenadines.

The opposition National Democratic Party (NDP) has refused to accept the results of the December 9 election, which it lost by one seat to United Labour Party (ULP). There 15 constituencies on the island.

The NDP has vowed civil disobedience after Christmas.

“We accordingly urge that all parties maintain the public calm and follow the constitutionally established processes for the orderly resolution of any electoral dispute,” OECS Chairman, Dr. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, said in statement. “The people of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines deserve nothing less.”

Observer missions sent to St. Vincent by the OAS, the Commonwealth and CARICOM all reported that the election was free and fair.

But the NDP said its investigations revealed that 320 illegal votes were cast in the disputed Central Leeward Constituency, which it said it won by six votes.
Electoral Office officials declared that the ULP won the seat by 313 votes.

Opposition Leader, Arnhim Eustace, said his party will not recognize “an illegitmate government” since the election was not free and fair.

“We have written to the OAS formally complaining about the illegitimate installment of Ralph Gonsalves as Prime Minister,” he said in a statement. “We have asked for the use of the region mechanism to ensure that democracy is saved and protected in St Vincent and the Grenadines.”

He added legal actions concerning the elections were filed in the courts on Wednesday 16th December 2015.

“We are moving to challenge these fraudulent election in the court, where we are confident of legal redress,” he stated. “In the interim we will continue acts of civil disobedience and non-recognition of this imposed regime.”

He added, “the party will continue with a series of massive protest right after Christmas, the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines have told us not to let this injustice stand, and we have also heard them. So this struggle will continue after Christmas…”

Opposition supporters protest in St. Vincent. Photo credit: Ernesto Cooke
Opposition supporters protest in St. Vincent. Photo credit: Ernesto Cooke

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51 Comments

  1. Zor Bon La
    December 21, 2015

    I do not see any police in military fatigue firing bullets or sending tear gas??

    Dominicans, you see. Wake up! People can talk and protest but only in Dominica they will put a bullet in you. Road block in St. Vincent. No police! People have a right to voice their opinion and to show their dissatisfaction. You see they use the same technique they use in Dominica but Vincentians did not take it. They use the same ballot box nonsense but it did not fly. People, fight for your rights.

  2. god way
    December 20, 2015

    they know can’t win by voters this look to me as a next workers party in st Vincent

  3. REASONING
    December 20, 2015

    :?: Ralph is a big disappointment,used to admire him speak.But he’s just another devil in disguise he seems,power by any means is the norm of the day,especially by Caribbean and African leaders.Once any one wants to hold on to power by any means,it says that their intentions are evil!It has been said that all the countries gaining political independence has not done better or treated their people better than their former colonisers,they have all become dictators!In was in the news that Ralph Gonzalves intends to step down and pass on the place to his son,see how these guys thinks that the island is their estate :?: I suppose this is why skerrit is trying to stay there as long,so his son will be old enough by then,so he can pass on to his son!Dominicans rise before it is too late!!! :?:

  4. smh
    December 19, 2015

    D only thing d O.E.C.S commission observes is people voting in the polling stations. they dont know of d gross corruption taking place to bribe people before the election day. the Judases accepting the payoff willingly because they are suffering and they seem to be satisfied with temporary relief. The policy of ‘teach a man to fish’ has no value in the Caribbean anymore. Keep them poor and begging seem to be an excellent escape.

  5. Face the Facts
    December 19, 2015

    Live and let live. Some people are not peaceful. They love to riot and cause trouble. The St. Vincent and Grenadines PM has won. Why not concede? Who knows? This may be his last election. He may decide not to run again.
    How much will it benefit these rioters? Watch out and see what may happen to or in Kingstown.
    It would not matter which Party I support, I would not find myself in this melee. These things have their people. Obviously, not all Vincentians will participate in this unruly demonstration which may lead to something worst since they plan to continue their action.
    When a Party assumes that it is popular and should be the one to win the election, this is what will occur. I foresee a lot of trouble in that island. There are some who will not give in. They are also not perfect people; some, far from that.

  6. %
    December 19, 2015

    This is not Dominica. The Vincentians are a different breed of people.What is a country doing with people who want to rule by all means?Gonzales thought this is Dominica?You can’t be a softy in dealing with Gonzales and his ks who are ruling thes OECS countries to the drain.A typical example of bad administration is Dominica!

  7. Luv
    December 19, 2015

    Mankind fighting for power in all corners of the earth if we knew the hour of God’s coming what will we fight for?

  8. JBaptiste
    December 18, 2015

    Was there ever a time in history elections were not deemed” free and fair”?

  9. December 18, 2015

    The hole OECS need to become communist , cause no opposition party wants to accept losing .

  10. Wise Words
    December 18, 2015

    “And believe it or not, in CLA1, that’s the polling station, 100 percent of the people on the list voted, where you can ever hear that? When you get 65 percent or 70 percent voting in a polling station, you figure you are doing pretty well. But to have 100 percent of the votes being cast of those persons in the list is really a very serious matter. It can’t happen that 100 percent of the people will turn out to vote,” said the leader of the NDP Arnhim Eustace.

    DNO why this was not information included in this news item- it’s critical to the entire conversation. If it is in fact true, then this results without a doubt shows the vote was rigged. I’m not pointing fingers, just saying this is important information.

  11. mine
    December 18, 2015

    Keeping blocking roads when mother nature will act I will see how much roads you all will block.

  12. December 18, 2015

    Free and fair they say? The R.S.S. is ready willing and able. Let peace prevail.

  13. Concerned
    December 18, 2015

    Lord, Jesus, please heal our nation, the Caribbean and by extension, the world.

  14. rerggin
    December 18, 2015

    Africans can’t govern themselves no where in the caribbean lets beg Egland for help.

  15. Helas!
    December 18, 2015

    well we know that those foolish observer missions are just a waste of money!!!!!

    They observe nothing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    They have no integrity!!!!!

  16. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    December 18, 2015

    “The NDP has vowed civil disobedience after Christmas”

    That is what citizens of a country does when they are dealing with corrupted politicians, who bribe people to vote and steal elections; okay! ‘Foolie’ Dominicans do not have the nerve, nor courage to challenge that Mountain Chicken Capo Mentality Skerrit in that way.

    Everything, and anything Skerrit does in the country; his deeds are acceptable by the ‘ foolies’

    Learn from the people of St. Vincent Dominicans; Gonzalez rules over Skerrit, and manipulate him like a puppet; Skerrit is the only human on this earth Gonzalez know how to fool, however; he is unable to contain the people of his country from demonstrating against him; he is the puppet master of Roosevelt Skerrit!

    • Learn from the people of St. Vincent Dominicans @Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      You can never write something for the majority of people to accept it–that is due to your negative and dark mentality–thumbs down number 28 is mine; which makes you 29-28 in the red highlight.

      The people of St. Vincent are not the people of Dominica and we do not want anything to learn from them, take the learning for yourself, if you need AND STAY AWAY FROM US!

      If the opposition had the majority of the people on their side, then they would win the election; if it is a minority vote, then they can have another election within a few months–they have the right to call for it–this has happened in Canada with Joe Clarke and Pierre Trudeau.

      What good is it going to do for anyone to cause civil unrest in their community, City, or Country–the devil is on the run, he is taking everyone down with him–those who have chosen to follow him–I hope that they will enjoy their reward.

  17. HA!
    December 18, 2015

    I urge the people of St. Vincent not to give up. Show the Dominican people hows its done.

    • MIA
      December 19, 2015

      Whoever you are you are not ready yet, you are telling the world that’s what you want to happen in your country!!!!!! shame on you

      • HA!
        December 20, 2015

        Tell that to the people of Tunisia. Tell that to the Founding Fathers of the Untied States. That that to the French peasants who took their country away from the tyranny of the rich elite. Oh! and TELL THAT TO CHARLES SAVARIN

    • Face the Facts
      December 19, 2015

      If you feel that way, why do you not join them in St. Vincent? :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

  18. GOAT MEAT LOUBIERE
    December 18, 2015

    Writing to the OAS while OAS Observer Mission said the Polls was free and fair…It is no wander that the people of St Vincent continue to reject that Opposition leader- it doesnt add up. The people have spoken all the Independent Missions have accepted the results- stop your nonsense Eustace,,,,steupes man! Conrade won!!!

    • the bushmaninda
      December 19, 2015

      The OAS Observer Mission also said that the December 2014 elections in Dominica were free and fair also. We who were on the ground witnessed a corrupt election process where money was distributed on election day. The OAS Mission has no credibility with this Bushmaninda. I wish we in Dominica were more action oriented and given to less talk. Let us wish the folks in St Vincent a merry Christmas and a successful new year. Corruption is got to go if we are to move pass our present state.

    • %
      December 19, 2015

      People have not spoken a darn. So in Dominica where the electoral law is so polluted,in 3014, the people spoke,?The Valley, St Joseph,Laplaine ,Castlebruce,GrandFond overseas crooks and beggars prevented Team Dominica from winning… Ask the corrupt gang of labourites!

      • %
        December 19, 2015

        in 2014

    • Observer
      December 21, 2015

      He (the NDP), agreed for the observers to be there to observe the poll. There were no arguments re the campaign. They did not have any issues then. In fact they expected to win, the polls even with the observers presence on polling day. Today, there are all kind of issues with the observers. They want to change “the rules of the game” after the fact. Can you imagine a player going into a football match with all the FIFA rules. When he loses, he finds all kind of issues with the rules he accepted in order to play the match. That is Dominica opposition and now St. Vincent – for you.

  19. the watchman
    December 18, 2015

    God come and set up your kingdom please the kingdom of man is too corrupt

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      December 19, 2015

      “God come and set up your kingdom please the kingdom of man is too corrupt”

      I do not wish to appear as if I am an authority on any thing, but I am urged to present to you the word of God, because too often I read where Dominicans like to talk about pray, and god this and that, the fact is unless one is into the Word of God, it is quite easy to write something as in the quote above which make very little sense.

      That is your thought; nevertheless, in Luke Chapter: 17, 20-21 we read; and I write verbatim!

      “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees; when the Kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said: (Note Jesus answered and said.) “The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, Lo there! for, behold the Kingdom of God is within you.

      So, my question is simply this: If Jesus told the Pharisees ( who in Jesus day were living humans, that the Kingdom of God is within them), how can anyone tell God to come and please set up…

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        December 19, 2015

        If Jesus told the Pharisees ( who in Jesus day were living humans, that the Kingdom of God is within them), how can anyone tell God to come and please set up his Kingdom?

        You see lots of people are involved in religion, which corrupts the mind, nevertheless, the true word of God and his teachings such knowledge they lack. It is not what the bishop, or the priest say, it is not what the pope say, it is not what the reverend, or the pastor, or elder say; it what thus said the Lord in his written word he Bible.

        In 2 Timothy 2:15 God words teaches: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

        And the reason God instructs us to study his word, is so that when we hear preachers are preaching contrary to his word, we do not listen to them when know what they are preaching is not consistent with the word of God. I am not saying do not listen to preachers, because a few preaches preach his his word as it is…

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        December 19, 2015

        I am not saying do not listen to preachers, because a few preaches preach his his word as it is okay. Always remember some are called few are chosen! Some were called by God to preach, some took it on their own and crowned themselves preachers of the word.

        I look forward for a trashing from a certain lady, I know who she is but! I doh talking, and I know is not Facts!

  20. Michael
    December 18, 2015

    Go, Eustace, go. I wish you and your party and supporters victory. Too much corruption in the Caribbean going unpunished and is being spread by the present crop of leaders we have. They have totally corrupted governance and elections in the Caribbean. Let the change in St Kits and Nevis, which your party bravely supported amidst the deafening silence of the Caribbean political leadership, inspire you and your valiant supporters. We need positive change in the Caribbean!

  21. December 18, 2015

    What I understood from some folks over there in St.Vincent Mr. Ralph is a good leader they say he build international airport and new roads but it seems to me it’s the other way around to be relected by one seat there are questions need to be asked.

  22. out of south city
    December 18, 2015

    Why is it that men who are supposed to set the example use the people to continue their political power? When they use the people, they live large while the people continue to suck salt.
    It is a shame how corruption continues to prevail in these Caribbean countries, especially right here in Dominica.

    UNAPOLOGETIC

  23. 4cuppeople
    December 18, 2015

    I told my Son don’t get into law, nor politics. And I’m very happy today that he chose one of the best professions ever. Politics stinks!!!!!

  24. December 18, 2015

    Our last two general election results were not that close in Dominica,It make sence to me for the opposition leader in St.Vincent to challenge the results or request for a recount. I hope things calm down over there.

  25. 4cuppeople
    December 18, 2015

    These people suck enough “salt.” Now they want the honey. Next stop is DA.

  26. Asta
    December 18, 2015

    Linton won the last elections in Dominica, overseas voters in st.joe, laplaine and other areas made skerrit win, they thought Roseau south was sure so they did not bring in voters and joshua won, bribery to win elections.

    • A Doubting Thomas In Solidarity
      December 19, 2015

      It seems to me the UWP would have been happier if DLP won Roseau South, to the general public it looks like the UWP doesn’t even like the MP from Roseau South. Talking about being a dictator!!

      I heard the MP from Roseau South saying he was planning on going to the reception at the State House for our Dominican born Commonwealth Secretary Elect even if it were for networking purposes. Would you call the UWP corrupt? For corrupting the minds of people with their hatred? I would.

      Can someone define corruptions for me? Corrupting others to do an other’s bidding would we consider this corruption? How does one child corrupt another? Either by forcing a child from doing what is right or forcing a child to do what is wrong. Isn’t that correct?

      We use this word so much do we know its meaning? (From Merriam Webster Dictionary)

      Corrupt “To change from good to bad in morals, actions, manners
      To change (someone or something) to become dishonest, immoral etc

    • god way
      December 20, 2015

      true they know can’t win by voters this look to me as a next workers party in st Vincent

  27. EzDoor
    December 18, 2015

    St.Vincent beat Dominicans to it, so long now i tell u all to remove skerrit or u will suffer.

  28. Me
    December 18, 2015

    At least the opposition in St. Vincent are organized and have balls instead of talking ad infinitum about the unfairness of rabid dogs taking our meat away like we do in Dominica. Time to get tough, no more nice guy!

  29. cc
    December 18, 2015

    Another Robert Mugabe in the making

  30. Ryan..
    December 18, 2015

    The entire Caribbean have been suffering from a high level of Corruption for the past few years and St Vincent is not alone .. These Caribbean leaders tend to remain in office by Any Cost Don’t Matter What it Takes .., To me these OAS observers are no use to us . The Cheating and corruption is right in there face but they Continue to say it was free and fear …Dominica is suffering from the same thing… We have good ballots going as rejected ballots in there face , politician paying persons passage in there face yet The election was free and fear…
    RISE-UP ST VINCENT RISE , show Dominica and the Rest of the Caribbean How it’s Done…

    • Barbara Saunders
      December 18, 2015

      Mr. Eustace says he will challenge the outcome in the courts but in the interim, I guess he is operating his own law. I wonder how he won the seven seats that he did and whether the elections would have been free and fair if he had won that one extra seat to make his party the government?

      I also wonder how mashing up St. Vincent will be beneficial to the Vincentians who he said asked him not to let that injustice stand?

      We accuse incumbents of wanting to remain in office at all costs but from what I see some of the oppositions want to get into office at all costs as well. We just have to determine for ourselves, now or later which one is more dangerous.

      • awa wi
        December 18, 2015

        according to your views the slaves who revolted for freedom actually wanted to be the masters or would you say that the 1979 demonstrators would want to be the rulers(actually we have the chief demonstrator as our sitting president so I guess u are correct in this regard. lol)

      • awa wi
        December 18, 2015

        according to your views the slaves who revolted for freedom actually wanted to be the masters or would you say that the 1979 demonstrators wanted
        to be the rulers?(actually we have the chief demonstrator as our sitting president so I guess u are correct in this regard. lol) its your democratic right to demonstrate let the people express themselves. he who feels it knows!!
        sometimes you have to mash up to build back new like the hospital we are currently building lol

      • vegnag
        December 18, 2015

        the lesser of the two evils maybe – but the power in people are always greater than the people in power; let the people have there way dangerous or not!!!.

      • Me
        December 19, 2015

        Ms. Saunders, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Ask the man who now occupies the State House as our President how that works. He has proved that it does. Enough said already.

      • %
        December 19, 2015

        Get rid of corrupt politicians!

  31. too late
    December 18, 2015

    Reminds me of how the desperate bunch in Dominica brought in people from all corners of the world to vote while they refuse to cleanse the electoral list.

  32. Zandoli
    December 18, 2015

    Another country being corrupted my greedy self-serving politicians. Not sure who is at fault here, but some of these guys are only interested in one thing, and that is power – AT ALL COST. Country be damned.

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