Written by on March 31, 2018

On listening to a radio program a few days ago hosted by a gentleman who represents the New National Party,  he stated that it was past time for the NDC candidates to take down their posters, billboards and other items because general elections are long gone.

I got the impression that the NDC was negligent in doing so, and I had to agree with him as he was making a very valid point.  However, yesterday while travelling around the island of Carriacou, I found not only posters of the NDC but also of the NNP, and in addition, several areas on the streets defaced with white paint by the NNP.

A very long time ago, politicians wrote on the roads prior to elections as it was one of their ways to communicate.  There were no telephones, internet, television, cell phones nor social media back then.  However, paint was never used.  Instead, white chalk was used which was easily washed away by the rains or worn off within weeks.

 I would not have even imagined that in this day and age, people would still be using this practice and yet do not think that they should be using a product which could easily be removed.

I first noticed this kind of defacement in the St. George North-West constituency but then realized that it was done by the NNP all over the country.   Why did those in authority not instruct their supporters beforehand and let them know what they should or should not have done?  I am sure that defacing public property is a crime!

 I hope that using paint on the streets is discontinued for any future campaigns and that the police would hold those responsible for their actions.  In the meantime, I am calling on political parties to remove any remaining banners, placards and posters.  In particular, I am calling on the NNP to clean up the streets by removing the white paint as soon as possible. We have a country to build and beautify.  Efface whatever you defaced!

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  1. The man on the street   On   March 31, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Valerie…I was directed to drive slowly past people,who were painting NNP slogans on the roads. And that was the police,directing me !

    • Val   On   March 31, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      Thanks for your comment. All I would say is that ‘the upholder is worse than the thief’ when the ones responsible for enforcing the law are assisting in breaking it.

  2. Errol Charles   On   March 31, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Valerie; I think heard the gentleman on the radio program that you may have alluded to and he did say, all the political parties; he didn’t single out any one party as you are claiming. Let us be truthful at all times!!!! I certainly agree that all concerned should start cleaning up the mess they created without further delay.

    • Val   On   April 1, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      Errol, thanks for commenting. The issue is for all parties to clean up the mess created, whether a particular party was singled out or not.

  3. The man on the street   On   April 1, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Errol…I have “ONLY” seen NNP slogans painted on the roads,and they are still there,even now !

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