Traditional Healers pledge to work with the LAB for peaceful elections


January 26, 2018


Madam Hanciles and a cross section of traditional healers

A cross section of the Traditional Healers Association has pledged to work with Legal Aid Board through the Anti-Election Violence Platform to ensure the elections are free, fair and free from intimidation.

They made the pledge when they paid a courtesy call on the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles on Tuesday, January 23- to answer to calls for support to the Anti-Election Violence Platform.

Ms. Carlton-Hanciles called on the Traditional Healers not to allow themselves to be used to intimidate voters because it is an offence to do so.

“A lot of people just hold this notion that you are hired by politicians to kill their opponents and they believe it,” she said.

“Some people accused you of intimidating them with a spell or even bad luck should they support a particular political party or vote for a certain candidate.”

Ms. Carlton-Hanciles said to bring pressure on voters to influence their votes is an electoral offence and advised the Traditional Healers to be less visible in this electioneering period so that their motives would not be  misconstrued.