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A stern warning has been issued by the mayor of Castries to vendors and tenants of the Castries Constituencies Council who are tapping electricity illegally.

This comes amid claims of illegal connection at the Vendor’s Arcade.

The Castries Mayor says he has every reason to believe that certain tenants may be sourcing electricity illegally. Describing the act as “very disappointing”,  Francis has strongly condemned any illegal activities, including the prohibited connection of power. He asserts that the CCC will not hesitate to take the necessary action against vendors found in breech of the electricity supply act.

Section 62 of the Electricity Supply Act states that if any person without legal right, the proof of which shall be upon him or her, abstracts or causes to be abstracted, or diverts or causes to be diverted, any electricity, or consumes or uses any such electricity, knowing the same to have been wrongfully or unlawfully abstracted or diverted, such person commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment with or without hard labour for a period not exceeding 12 months.

Francis further encourages people to report any illegal connections of electricity and calls on the President of the St. Lucia Vendors Craft and Dry Goods Vendors Association, Mr. Peter Isaac to ask his membership to cease from such practice.
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