Roughly ten days after the report of a canvassing incident that led to a complaint to the police, the Bermuda Police Service has confirmed that no further action has been requested by the complainant.
This after One Bermuda Alliance candidate Sheila Gomez filed a complaint last month, following an incident alleging that flyers were ripped from her hands, reportedly by former Progressive Labour Party Chairman Anthony Santucci, while canvassing in Constituency 27 Warwick North Central.
The disclosure prompted the PLP to counter the claim with a statement that said the alleged incident took place on private property after repeated requests were made for Ms Gomez to leave. The party also denied that any assault took place, or that any threats were made and said Ms Gomez was handed back her campaign flyers.
A police spokesman confirmed that a complaint was filed, but said today: “The complainant has requested no further police action.”
On hearing that statement, the PLP issued another statement entitled: OBA’s cynical use of ‘fake news’ to try to distract voters from the significant issues facing Bermudians.
“Roughly ten days ago, the OBA Candidate Sheila Gomez filed a complaint with the Bermuda Police Service alleging amongst other things, ‘bullying’ and ‘intimidation’ at the hands of a PLP Volunteer,” the party said.
“At the time, the PLP condemned any threats, anti-social behavior, etc., but also, we called the report false; and called on the OBA to repudiate the lies that were being told on social media. The OBA Chairperson and Candidate for Constituency 16 Lynne Woolridge steadfastly refused and instead peddled the lie.
“Today’s announcement by the Bermuda Police Service that ‘the complainant has requested no further action’ hopefully puts an end to the OBA’s cynical use of ‘fake news’ to try to distract voters from the significant issues facing Bermudians.
“We trust the voters of Constituency 27 and Constituency 16 will remind the OBA Candidates about Bermudian values of truth and fairness should they knock on their doors during this canvassing period.”
The statement ends with a quote by Michelle Obama: “When they go low…we go high!”