The leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Allen Chastanet, has said that the outcome of the elections in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines does not represent a victory for anyone.
Reports from Kingstown indicate that the Unity Labour Party (ULP) of Prime Minister Doctor Ralph Gonsalves won the poll by a single seat, and scores of demonstrators along the road to Government House prevented his swearing in Thursday for a fourth term.
According to the reports, the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) is claiming that it won the Central Leeward seat by six votes and is the duly elected government.
Chastanet has said that the outcome of the poll indicates that the people were not convinced one way or the other.
Nevertheless the UWP leader offered congratulations to Doctor Ralph Gonsalves and said he looked forward to working with him some day at a “senior level.”
He also said he wished the people of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines “all the luck.”
According to Chastanet, who said his party had observers at the SV&G polls, there are lots of lessons to be learned from elections relating to among other things, the selection of candidates, the preparation of constituency branches and delivering to the people.
“I think that the opposition party in Saint Vincent failed to convince enough people of what the issues are and maybe even failed to convince them that they have a plan to move forward,” the UWP leader declared.
He asserted that citizens not only in Saint Lucia but throughout the region have been very despondent about politicians.
“Nobody seems to have been able to deliver a solution to the impacts of the recession and the change in global economics and global partnerships and obviously with the advent now of security issues, these are all wreaking havoc with our economies,” Chastanet said.
Nevertheless he expressed the opinion that his party has a solution to those problems and is committed to delivering “measurable” benefits to the people that they can feel.
“It is no point talking about GDP growth when the people can’t feel it,” he said.