Toshao’s Elections and questionable practices at St. Cuthbert’s Mission
Dear Mr. Editor,
The Toshao’s Election was held on the April 21st. The Returning Officer and a team of about four persons were from the from Region 4’s office.
Three persons contested the Toshao’s position while 22 as Councilors but only nine were required.
The proceedings began about noon and ended at about 19:30hrs- the first of its kind.
Non-residents and children were allowed to vote in the presence of the former Toshao and Pastor of the Church of Christ, Ernest Dundas who was executing his last duties. Of course, his last duties were not legal.
This matter should be investigated.
As voting concluded, Pierre Andrews was declared the winner. A recount was then demanded by the other contestants and their supporters.
Some of the angry supporters involved in the recounting included children, while their supporters were abusing and assaulting others. Our medical staff and teachers were corrupting as they did during their campaign. Among them were former leaders who failed us.
After the confusing recount, Mr. Luke Simon was given a very slim win.
We were not allowed to enter the building after voting. Underaged persons were allowed to vote.
About 40 non-residents voted.
On the April 23rd, Mr. Luke Simon and his team of ten were sworn in.
We voted for nine councilors, but because of a tie, 10 were sworn in. There are other solutions to this.
The entire proceedings was not right and as such should be reviewed. This is not democracy and the indigenous people of Saint Cuthbert’s have been failed.
Amiss was a representative from the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs. With no visits, we would assume that an investigation is not forthcoming.
Audits during Toshao’s tenure and before elections are provisions made in the Amerindian Act.
Mr. Luke Simon and his team only communicate with their supporters and with this village on decline, we are hoping this team tackle the sales of illegal drugs, the many rum shop and noise nuisance.
A concerned resident