St. Vincent PM says recent sex tape scandal will not affect Dec. 9 elections

Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Dr. Ralph Gonsalves

Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has turned a blind eye on a controversial “sex tape” being circulated by the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP).

The tape features a voice that is similar to that of a prominent member of the ruling Unity Labour Party.

According to Gonsalves, this will not influence how the electorate votes in the December 9 general elections.

At least four audio recordings have appeared online since November 7 when Gonsalves announced the election in which the ULP is seeking an unprecedented fourth term of office.

“This election is about issues. This election is about the performance of the ULP. This election is about our plans and programmes and policies. This election is about the quality of the candidates and this election is about leadership and this election is about the love that the ULP has. This election is about those things. And anyone who wants to go and deal with issues other than those can go and deal with them,” Gonsalves told a news conference on Monday.

The leadership of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) has remained silent on the sex tape amidst accusation by ULP supporters that NDP operatives were involved in its production and release.

The ULP is seeking a fourth consecutive term amidst a declining number of popular votes in each election since coming to office in 2001.

In 2010, it held on to power by a single seat in the 15-member Parliament.

Barbados-based regional pollster Peter Wickham, citing poll results, said in October the December vote is too close to call.

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