The Office of the Deputy Governor said it cannot confirm whether some reported leaked results from Advance Polling Day last Thursday are actually rea/accurate.
The so-called leaked results — which have been circulating on social media and which could bring the entire integrity of the 2019 elections into question if found to be true — can only be confirmed after the conclusion today’s general election.
“If the results are confirmed on Monday night, then we’ll have to deal with that. But I know everything that was done (the Advance Poll results) is under seal so I’m not sure where these are coming from,” Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office, Carolyn Stoutt-Igwe, told BVI News.
While not ruling out the possibility that the leak is real, Stoutt-Igwe expressed doubts.
She said her doubts are primarily from the timing of the so-called leak.
“I am at a point where I’m concluding that some of it is just bare speculation based on the number of the ballots that were cast in each district,” she said.
“I am just finding it strange. If they really had the results, why weren’t they out before the [ballot] numbers were released? We will just have to wait and see whether on Monday night if there is any truth and then we can take it from there because, at this stage, I don’t know.”
The Office of the Supervisor of Elections said 1,120 persons voted on Advance Polling Day last Thursday, February 21.
Advance polling was held for police and election officers who are assigned to work on Election Day (February 25), persons on remand, those travelling on Election Day, the elderly, as well as persons who are illiterate or those who require assistance to cast their votes.
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