The General Election is now a few days away and the Police are warning that no alcohol is to be sold on that day, January 18. This is in accordance with the Licensing (Intoxicating Liquor) Act, Cap 249, of the Laws of Antigua and Barbuda.
The Act explicitly states: “No intoxicating liquor shall be sold, offered for sale, or given away at any premises situated in any constituency in which an election is being held … any time between the opening and closing of the polls on polling day.”
Commissioner of Police Atlee Rodney is therefore warning the owners and operators of businesses licensed to sell alcohol – including other establishments that may be exempted by law – not to get involved in this unlawful act.
Failure to comply with the law may result in the revocation of their licenses.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Rodney is further appealing to all residents to conduct themselves in a peaceful and lawful manner during and after the day of the elections.
He says he expects everyone’s full cooperation and support in this regard.