Thursday, October 29, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: Chief Elections Officer Josephine Tamai has responded to the People’s United Party (PUP) Cayo Central campaign manager Horace Grant concerning requests to view the folder of proxy voters for next week’s general election and the incident earlier this week involving former chair of the Elections and Boundaries Commission Alberto August and an elector.
Tamai denies asking any member of her staff, including registering officers, to sign “hundreds” of blank proxy votes on her behalf.
She goes on to recount the August incident, where an elector who is a police officer went to the Cayo Central office along with August to get his proxy signed but was refused by the registering officer because the nature of his duties and the date of signature by the Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie was not filled in – all other relevant information was.
The officer continued to refuse to sign even after the requested information was filled in, and upon Tamai’s directive through a senior officer, the officer was ordered to sign. Later Tamai and the officer spoke personally twice by telephone where the directive was repeated.
In those conversations and her letter, Tamai states that the office cannot deny signature if an elector asks someone to help fill in the form as that is his right. Neither can signature be denied if the officer feels “disrespected,” as August is alleged to have done.
The Chief Elections Officer wonders why her name and reputation and that of the Department is being “smeared” for political agendas and insists that she will not allow her office to be used that way, nor will she participate in any “rigging” of the election against her oath of office.
But the PUP is now threatening legal action, as today they say they demand a look beginning on Friday and continuing up to Election Day as daily entries are being made, and a failure to respond and /or give a definitive answer will be taken as a denial and trigger legal action.
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