Ruling party wants MP sacked over fraud allegations

Attorney General Steadroy "Cutie" Benjamin

ST.JOHN’S, Antigua – The ruling United Progressive Party (UPP) is calling on opposition MP Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin to bow out of the electoral race following a Privy Council decision that criminal charges were properly levelled against him.

UPP political hopeful for the Constituency All Saints East and St Luke, Senator Joanne Massiah told the media yesterday, “The UPP is of the view that ”Cutie” Benjamin must voluntarily step down as a candidate in the 2014 general elections. We believe it is the honourable thing to do because persons seeking the highest level of executive office in Antigua and; Barbuda must not have criminal charges against them.”

Massiah said if Benjamin refuses to step down, the leader of the opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP), Gaston Browne, should see that it is done.

It is alleged that on two separate occasions Benjamin, a notary public, signed passport applications for individuals purporting to be someone else.

(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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