Angry Watts reports that St. George unit was closed without notice, preventing potential voters from registering

Several residents of the St. George constituency reportedly were prevented from registering on Monday morning, February 21, and Algernon “Serpent” Watts, the United Progressive Party’s Candidate, is very upset over the situation.

Reports say the Registration Unit was closed in order to allow the registration clerk to attend to administration duties at the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC).

This reportedly was done with no prior notice to the public.

Watts says the problem is not the clerk attending the training session.  Rather, he takes issue with the fact that there was no replacement and the unit was closed – preventing potential voters from registering.

One woman who took her son to be registered says that many of those who turned up today were frustrated, with some saying they will not be returning to go through the process.

She sees this as disenfranchising potential voters.

REAL News understands that the person who should have acted as a stand-in for the registration clerk called in sick on Monday.