PNP’s Venesha Phillips Sure Vote-Buying Occurred During PNP Presidential Elections


People’s National Party, PNP, caretaker for St Andrew Eastern, Venesha Phillips, says she’s sure vote-buying occurred during the party’s recently concluded presidential elections.

She says supporters from both camps were involved.

Ms Phillips, who supported Dr. Peter Phillips successful bid to retain the presidency of the PNP, made the comment while speaking on Business Access TV’s current affairs programme, On Point.

When Nationwide News contacted Ms Phillips today, she told our news centre that she is standing by her remarks.

Dr Peter Phillips managed to stave off a leadership challenge from Central Manchester Member of Parliament, Peter Bunting but following the bruising presidential contest, the party is yet to shake off claims that vote buying occurred during the campaign.

In a recent interview with Patria Kaye Aarons, on Business Access TV’s On Point, Venesha Phillips– who supported Dr Phillips in the contest, says she’s sure comrades engaged in the illicit practice.

When our News Center contacted Ms Phillips this afternoon, she defended her comments.

Anti-corruption activist Professor Trevor Munroe has called on the Political Ombudsman, Donna Parchment Brown, to probe claims and counter claims of vote buying, made during the campaign.

Mrs Parchment Brown, has reportedly said she has no plans to probe the matter at this time.

In the meantime, former PNP General Secretary, Paul Burke, says he condemns the practice of vote-buying.

But, he notes that the illicit practice has gotten more sophisticated.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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