The Daily Herald writes that the Prosecutor’s Office received an accusation of voting fraud on Tuesday, March 17, the day before the election. The official declaration was made by Enrico Klaber, number three SLP candidate, and was backed by the entire SLP party.
The alleged accusation states that a bribe took place to receive one or more votes towards the WIPM party. The prosecutor on Saba said the case is under investigation.
During the official voting count presentation on Friday, Chris Meijvogel stated there were other objections that needed to be brought to light as well. According to Meijvogel, the registration cards were not packed properly before the voting bureau in The Bottom closed at nine o’clock on Wednesday. Meijvogel witnessed that after the counting of the voting ballots, the registration cards were still openly displayed on the table and that officials looked into them as well.
Another objection was that the voting bureau in The Bottom did not open at 7:30am, but at 7:45am. A letter with those complaints was handed over to Governor Johnson and was signed by all members of the SLP party, including Meijvogel. After a short recess, Governor Johnson asked Meijvogel if he felt a recount was necessary, but Meijvogel said there was no need for that.
Johnson stated the objections were duly noted and would be handled accordingly. After the presentation, Johnson mentioned to The Daily Herald that this was the first time in the three elections he witnessed on Saba, that a complaint of this kind was filed. “Everybody has the right to voice their opinion; I have no problem with people objecting. This matter will be looked into and will be taken seriously, so they can be addressed in the next election” Johnson mentioned.