The United Progressive Party (UPP) is alleging that something fishy is going on at the post office which rises to the level of postal fraud.
UPP candidate for St Michael East Paul Forte is charging that he mailed just over a thousand letters to constituents, but somehow, not a single one was delivered.
“I sent out hundreds of letters to first-time voters in September, only to find out on canvassing that not one letter was received, and so I decided to send out another set of letters, this time to constituents in my area, introducing myself and sharing my plans for this constituency, and of the 500 letters sent on November 3rd, not one constituent of St Michael East has received a letter, not one,” Forte complained at a constituency meeting in Cutting Road, St Michael.
In fact, UPP Leader Lynette Eastmond went as far as to suggest that a crime had been committed,
“There is something called postal fraud and you can get lock up for postal fraud. The Government guarantees us that when we put something in an envelope, seal the envelope, put a 65 cents stamp on it and take it to the post office or place it any postal box across the island, that it is supposed to get where it is supposed to go. It must get to the recipient,” Eastmond stated.
“Postal fraud is not any kind of summary offence, it is a serious offence. Those are the offences that you go to the High Court for.”
Eastmond added that it was shameful that this was happening at a time when political parties were talking about integrity and integrity legislation.
It was an apparent reference to the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), which on Saturday presented the first draft of its Integrity Commission Bill which it said would help to curb rampant corruption in Barbados.
The bill, which was drafted with counsel from Sir David Simmons; Leslie Haynes, QC; Gregory Nicholls and Stewart Mottley, will see the establishment of a six-member commission which will be allotted investigative powers to inspect reports of corruption. It also has provisions to ensure the protection of whistle blowers.
Under the bill, which the BLP said would be introduced if it forms the next Government, people guilty of corruption will face jail sentences and fines as high as $500, 000.
However, UPP candidate for St James South Christal Austin told constituents of St Michael East the gesture was nothing more than smokes and mirrors.
“If you had 14 years and you didn’t do it then why are you going to do it now?” Austin questioned, while making reference to the BLP’s tenure in office before it was voted out in 2008.
“Do not let the wolf pull wool over your eyes. They will say and do anything to get into power because they are self-interested and they only want to be in power,” she said.