Monday 6 July, 2020

$200 a vote: UNC accuse San Fernando mayor of bribery

The United National Congress (UNC) has accused outgoing San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello of attempting to buy votes.

UNC representatives claim that Regrello was out in the Springvale/Paradise area in San Fernando around 9.20 am, offering an inducement of $200 to people near the pan yard area to vote.

This is a squatting area located off Lady Hailes Avenue.

They say a driver was dispatched not long after they had been tipped off about the alleged bribes, but by the time lawyers arrived, the outgoing Mayor had already left.

The UNC further claimed that residents confirmed to them that an offer had been made but were told that no one had accepted. 

Along with the inducement, persons also said they were offered a ride to the polling station.

UNC representatives present said a vehicle with persons wearing blue shirts - the People's National Movement (PNM) mock station colour - was spotted nearby.

The UNC said none of the residents was willing to make a police report.

When contacted by Loop News Regrello rubbished the claims from the UNC, describing it as absolute nonsense.

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