The 39th Convention of the United Workers Party ,UWP, got underway today with party leader, Allen Chastanet declaring that the political group is ready for the next elections.
The event, at which former Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Sir James Mitchell, made an appearance, is being held at the Gros Islet Secondary school.
Chastanet faces a challenge to his leadership from former government Minister, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun.
“I am very excited for the party because you know the party has come a long way and we’ve had a very productive three years in terms of what we have been able to achieve in this party,” the UWP leader told the Times.
He asserted that this week’s announcement by the Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited, LUCELEC, that it would lower the price of electricity is an indication of the UWP’s strength and its dedication to standing up for the people of Saint Lucia who cannot defend themselves.
“People will see for themselves that this party is ready for the elections and to take back the reins of government because the Labour Party has made a mockery of democracy ,” Chastanet told the Times.
In addition to the challenge the UWP leader faces, incumbent, Doctor Gale Rigobert, outgoing Chairman, Ezechiel Joseph, and newcomer, Doctor Andre Matthew, are vying for the two Deputy Leadership positions.
The post of Welfare Officer is being contested by Beryl Gorge and Deborah Charlemange.