PHILIPSBURG–United St. Maarten party leader Member of Parliament (MP) Frans Richardson has accused fellow MP Sarah Wescot-Williams of United Democrats of continuing “to insult the people by persisting with manipulative ways to sow confusion in the country.”
Richardson’s comments stem from Wescot-Williams pursuing Government to outline whether the Constitution was breached when Election Day was changed in November 2017, pushing the election from January 8 to February 26.
In question was the more than three months elapsing between the time the decree to dissolve Parliament was signed by the coalition US Party supported and the new Parliament taking office in April.
Wescot-Williams wrote to now-former Prime Minister Rafael Boasman on the topic, but only received an answer from new Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin on Wednesday. That response said in essence that the Constitution had been violated and that the Council of Ministers would meet to discuss further steps.
“If you want to believe what she says was in the Prime Minister’s letter concerning the election, it was made clear that the election process is continuing. It is futile to try and stop it now,” said Richardson, referring to Wescot-Williams’ query about the legality of the elections as “nothing more than a ruse, since she knows for certain that the election will happen as scheduled.”
Richardson said the upcoming election was caused by Wescot-Williams and the Democratic Party (DP) “manipulating of a young MP.”
Wescot-Williams also “seems to have” Governor Eugene Holiday in “her sights, since her ongoing efforts is to discredit him, his decisions and the overall process.”
All parties are meeting with people, candidates have committed and presented themselves to the public, Government is funding election preparations, said Richardson. Yet, Wescot-Williams, to whom Richardson referred as United Democrats’ leader, “day after day continues her effort to confuse the process and perhaps suppress the vote.”
US Party is ready to participate in the election, he said, and “will continue bringing our message to the people for the recovery of St. Maarten as well as why they cannot and should not trust a leader who prefers manipulation as a mode of operation.”
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/72923-frans-sarah-trying-to-sow-confusion