Editorial: Partial cleanup (of shady politicians in Government)

POSTED: 09/4/14 10:55 PM

Drama does not get much better – or worse, depending on which side you are – than it did at the Central Voting Bureau yesterday.

The tight race for the seventh seat in Parliament for the UP-faction started with Maria Buncamper-Molanus holding a razor thin lead over Johan Leonard, Jules James and Claret Connor. James and Buncamper-Molanus did not even show up to witness the count, but Connor and Leonard did.

The rollercoaster count kept Leonard spellbound until the very last moment, well after 6 p.m., when the last ballot was examined and he knew he had pulled even with Buncamper-Molanus.

That Leonard prevailed –by the skin of his teeth, but still – is good news for the country’s reputation. Candidates that are the subject of a criminal investigation – as Buncamper-Molanus is – should have enough sense to pull out of these races for public office, but that is obviously not part of the local culture. Not yet.

In this context, it is a pity that another suspect in a criminal investigation – Silvio Matser – did win a seat in the UP-faction. For now, we’ll have to be satisfied with a partial cleanup that includes not only the failure of Buncamper-Molanus to return to Parliament, but also the departure of bribery-convict Louie Laveist.

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  1. L.B. Hill says:

    The oldest convict has a statue in the Clem Labega Square!