PM Rings Elec­tion Bell!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Dur­ing a tele­vised ad­dress to the na­tion on Thurs­day May 19 Prime Min­is­ter and Leader of the Saint Lu­cia Labour Party (SLP), Dr. Kenny An­thony, said “we are ready” af­ter an­nounc­ing the elec­tion date. The prime min­is­ter said he had ad­vised the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral to dis­solve par­lia­ment and that Gen­eral Elec­tions will be held on June 6, 2016. Ac­cord­ing to Dr. An­thony the op­po­si­tion United Work­ers Party (UWP) has re­peat­edly called for elec­tions and noted that it now has a date to work to­wards get­ting pre­pared.

The Prime Min­is­ter said that prepa­ra­tions have al­ready been put in place to get into full elec­tion mode, ex­plain­ing that the gov­ern­ment has moved to au­tho­rize the es­ti­mates and ex­pen­di­ture.

The ad­dress was broad­cast “live” on lo­cal ra­dio and TV and was viewed by SLP faith­ful on the Cas­tries Mar­ket steps ahead of a pub­lic meet­ing there that night.

Re­spond­ing to the an­nounce­ment mere min­utes af­ter the PM’s ad­dress, leader of the UWP Allen Chas­tanet wrote on his Facebook page: “I am happy that the Prime Min­is­ter has set elec­tions for June 6th. This is the best de­ci­sion he has ever made since as­sum­ing of­fice in 2011. It will be a very hard 17 days ahead and we have our work cut out for us.”

The UWP leader went on to ap­peal to all Saint Lu­cians to be on their best be­hav­iour. “We need to have a very peace­ful and vi­o­lent-free elec­tion cam­paign. At the end of the day, we all are Saint Lu­cians and we must learn to re­spect each other even if we sup­port dif­fer­ent par­ties.”

His calls were echoed by Nancy Charles of the UWP dur­ing a press con­fer­ence on Fri­day morn­ing. Party chair­man Guy May­ers also called for a “free, fair and peace­ful cam­paign and gen­eral elec­tions”.

May­ers an­nounced the UWP’s full slate of 17 can­di­dates ahead of a rally on Sun­day May 22 in Deris­seaux.

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