Democratic Labour Party (DLP) candidate for St George South Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo has expressed concern about what she calls “vote buying practices” in the constituency on Election Day.
Speaking with Barbados TODAY after casting her ballot at the Ellerton Primary School, Byer-Suckoo said that some young people within the constituency were postponing their right to vote until the “money trucks” travelled throughout the district.
“I have gotten calls from three areas saying “no, we haven’t voted yet. We waiting for the money truck”.
“So, that is still a concern because I think our young people are still not understanding the value of their vote,” she said.
Byer-Suckoo, the DLP candidate, is against the Barbados Labour Party’s Dwight Sutherland, Craig Harewood of the United Progressive Party, and Doris Barrow of Barbados Integrity Movement.
While noting that there has been increased voter participation among the youth, Dr Byer-Suckoo indicated that the young people needed to know the significance of their vote.
“I am trying to have our young people understand that . . . you don’t sell your birth right for $8000 . . . for any amount of money, your vote should not be for sale that is your inalienable right that nobody should buy it from you and you need to understand the value of it,” she stressed.
Byer-Suckoo made it clear that she had no “money truck” to offer and she would not be participating in vote buying.
“It is a practice that needs to be stamped out and if we can do anything in the next five years so we don’t have this problem I would be so happy,” Byer-Suckoo added.