Former Prime Minister and Leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Tillman Thomas is cautioning telecommunications provider LIME against corroborating with the New National Party (NNP) Government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell in providing internet service to the Parliamentary Electoral offices.
Thomas’ advice to LIME came as a result of a letter signed by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Lana Mc Phail and addressed to the former Supervisor of Elections, Judy Benoit advising her that at its meeting of July 29 the Cabinet of Ministers has authorised the installation of internet services, and that the ministry has instructed LIME to undertake the installation “as a matter of urgency.”
“LIME, as a good corporate citizen, should not corroborate with the government in an attempt to undermine the democratic process in Grenada,” Thomas told members of the media at a Press Conference last week Thursday.
Benoit had responded to Mc Phail informing her that the move being made by the Mitchell government could undermine the independence and integrity of the Parliamentary Electoral Office.
Within days of the letter, newly installed Governor-General Dame Cecile La Grenade removed Benoit from the post of Supervisor of Elections.
The Mitchell government in its efforts to pursue a more electronic government wants the Electoral Office to co-operate on the issuing of identification cards for the new initiative.
Benoit also queries whether any thought was given to the important question of whether internet traffic might not seriously compromise Grenada’s electoral system.
In commenting on the development, the NDC Political Leader said his party expects corporate citizens to be advised on the issue and to know what is happening, and to know the Constitution of Grenada.
The former Prime Minister also urged the local media to take the issue to the regional and international communities.
He said while his Political party has a role to play, the media should be the ones informing the region about what is happening in the country.
Thomas said he would like to see the local Journalists become more proactive.
“I find in recent times you all have been behaving as if you have no critical and analytical skills anymore.. You must have contact and correspondents in different parts of the region. Let them know what is happening in Grenada, send the information to them,” he added.