Has Allen Run-Off Doddy?

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

On the heels of the an­nounce­ment this week that the UWP po­lit­i­cal leader Allen Chas­tanet had fi­nally found a home, comes an­other rev­e­la­tion. Af­ter months of spec­u­la­tion, the UWP’s Mi­coud South MP Arsene James con­firmed he would not be con­test­ing the next gen­eral elec­tions. He an­nounced that he had ac­qui­esced to his Con­stituency group’s re­quest that he con­sider Allen Chas­tanet as his re­place­ment. Then on Fri­day May 22, in a press re­lease from the United Work­ers Party, it was an­nounced that Se­na­tor Mary Isaac had been se­lected as the Cas­tries South Con­stituency Branch can­di­date in the next gen­eral elec­tions. The press re­lease, bear­ing the sig­na­ture of UWP Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Manager Lionel El­lis, stated, “There were two per­sons vy­ing for the po­si­tion and Se­na­tor Mary Isaac was elected by an over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of the votes. The pro­ce­dure now is for the branch to sub­mit the name of the se­lected can­di­date to the Na­tional Coun­cil for rat­i­fi­ca­tion.”

El­lis later named Isaac’s op­po­nent as “Doddy Fran­cis” a for­mer at­tor­ney gen­eral and the UWP’s elec­tion can­di­date in 2011 when he lost to ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Robert Lewis. Mere hours af­ter re­ceipt of the UWP press re­lease, Fran­cis claimed via the lo­cal me­dia that he was not a part of any runoff. Ac­cord­ing to the for­mer at­tor­ney gen­eral, he was at a UWP rally with for­mer UWP MP Le­nard “Spi­der” Montoute at the time of the al­leged run-off. Mean­while the UWP’s Cas­tries South branch deputy chair­man, Vic­tor Mor­ris, has also com­mented on the is­sue. “The UWP does not have run-offs,” he said. “Ap­pli­ca­tions are made to the branch by in­ter­ested per­sons. There is an in­ter­view process and then fi­nan­cial mem­bers choose whom they be­lieve is best can­di­date.” He ac­knowl­edged hear­ing of Fran­cis’ claims but did not want to com­ment fur­ther. “What I can say is that we will be meet­ing with Doddy on Tues­day to dis­cuss things,” Mor­ris told the STAR.Ob­vi­ously, there will be more on this story!

Has the UWP dis­posed of

Doddy Fran­cis?

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