Placard-waving supporters of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) protested in Choiseul on Sunday, calling for a referendum on Saint Lucia’s move to make the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) the country’s final appellate court.
The protest, which also called attention to other issues, occurred on the sidelines of the UWP Zonal conference, which former Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee described as ‘well-attended’ by the Southern constituencies.
The UWP held its Northern Zonal Conference last week.
According to Fedee, at the Choiseul gathering on Sunday, there was ‘high energy support’ for Allen Chastanet as the political leader in the buildup to the Conference of Delegates and the National Convention.
“I think that for a lot of people, this is really the first time where such a large number of constituencies came together since the general elections. There was a lot of high energy and good camaraderie,” the former Anse La Raye-Canaries MP told St Lucia Times.
“The support was just tremendous,” he declared.
Regarding the protest favouring a CCJ referendum, Fedee reiterated the UWP’s position that there has been insufficient consultation.
“We have been on the record saying that even if the constitution does not require a referendum, this is such an important constitutional reform matter that the government ought to give every citizen a chance to be able to have a say,” he recalled.
Last week, UWP leader Allen Chastanet declared that on Tuesday, the Government of Saint Lucia would head to parliament to amend the constitution, allowing the CCJ to replace the Privy Council as this country’s final court of appeal.
“Call or message your MP, tell them NO Referendum, NO CCJ!,” the former Prime Minister wrote on Facebook.