Has Allen Run-Off Doddy?
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!
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