ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, May 25, CMC – The Parliamentary Elections Office on Thursday confirmed a break-in and theft of electronic equipment used in voter registration.
Supervisor of elections Judy Benoit confirmed that the robbery had occurred and said a police investigation has begun.
Thieves escaped with two computer Central Processing Units, two scanners and two cameras, she said.
Benoit told the Caribbean Media Corporation the theft only slowed down voter registration in the north east and south east of the country.
But she said the theft was restricted to the offices that deal voter registration and would not would not interfere with the staging of free and fair elections.
“The registration of voters in those areas closed down for about three days or so but everything is up and running again. We are also repairing the windows,” Benoit told CMC.
“This would not stop us from having free and fair elections. This was equipment used for the registration of voters,” she added.
The elections chief said it has already reported the theft to the government and the Organisation of American states (OAS), which donated the equipment.
On Sunday, the leader of the main opposition New National Party (NNP), Dr. Keith Mitchell, accused authorities of trying to cover-up the break-in.
“We were already concerned about the present electoral system. We are more concerned today. I have already spoken to the governor general on my concern .I have already spoken to the parliament about my concern,” Mitchell told supporters during a rally.
“I will be speaking to the regional ambassadors and the international community because I am going to do everything … the NNP will do everything to protect the democracy of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique,” he said.