A team of international and independent officials who were deployed to the territory to observe the 2019 General Elections said they suspect voters had been migrating from one district to another to “manipulate the results” in select constituencies.
The observers — the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association British Islands and Mediterranean Region (CPA BIMR) — said the number of voters in two electoral districts had significantly increased when compared to previous elections.
This increase was what prompted their suspicion, the CPA BIMR told local media on Wednesday.
The team, who provided a preliminary report of their observations at the conclusion of the elections on Monday, said: “The increase in the number of voters registered especially for Districts 5 and 8 triggered suspicions about voters being registered outside their place of residence to influence the outcome of the election. A lack of resources and adequate verification undertaken by the election administration may have contributed to this sentiment.”
“Because of those gaps in the legislative and procedural frameworks, that was considered to have built a distrustful viewpoint by the public,” added CPA BIMR official, Matthew Salik.
The observers noted that the increase in voters in District 5 might be connected to the by-election that was expected to have happened after the untimely death of the constituency’s previous representative, Delores Christopher.
Notably, the observers said they found ‘no real evidence’ of corruption during their observation.
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