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Caribbean Elections in the Age of Cambridge Analytica

Cambridge Analytica and its parent company Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL) may have closed shop. However, the companies role and impact in several Caribbean elections is yet to be adequately analyzed. Citizens in several Caribbean counties cast ballots this year including Grenada on March 13 and Antigua and Barbuda on March 21, Caribbean journalist Earl Bousquet examines some of the facts in the public domain linking the organization to the region over the years. 

What is Cambridge Analytica?

 
 

SCL, Cambridge Analytica’s Caribbean History

These revelations -- by well-placed persons definitely in the know -- clearly show that SCL has been active in the Caribbean for longer than earlier thought. Read More

Cambridge Analytica's Impact in the Region

Grenada’s Seismic Eruption

For the third time in 19 years (1999, 2013 and 2018) -- and for the second time consecutively -- the ruling New National Party (NNP) had routed the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) with a clean sweep of the polls, winning all the 15 seats contested. Read More

External Interference – Antigua and Barbuda

PM Gaston Brown has fingered the likes of Cambridge Analytica in failed efforts to influence regime change in his country through external interference. Read More

‘Nasty’ External Interference in St Vincent and the Grenadines

“SCL has been here since 1998, seeking to undermine the ULP; and from 2001 onwards, they have been very nasty towards the ULP on behalf of the NDP (New Democratic Party)," said Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves. Read More

The Changing Face of Regime Change

External involvement to influence election outcomes isn’t anything new. All parties contesting national polls do try the best they can to influence the process. Where things start going wrong is when they choose to use ‘any means possible’ to influence the vote, including a wide array of inordinate, irregular and/or illegal means ranging from ‘buying votes’ to ‘spreading false news’.  Read More

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