United Workers Party (UWP) candidate to contest the Castries Central seat, Peterson Francis, has vowed to tackle transportation and crime in the constituency.
Francis has explained that he has a plan to rid the constituency of minibuses and taxis and create a central hub to facilitate commuters, especially late night workers.
On the issue of crime, he felt that the main reason for criminal activity was unemployment and a lack of motivation among young people.
Francis criticized the STEP programme.
“Where does that put you? A young guy wants a young lady to see him on the road cutting grass? We have to have programmes where when these people come in they can graduate into something else,” the UWP hopeful asserted.
A former staunch supporter of the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), Francis expressed confidence in winning the seat at the next elections.
The constituency is currently represented in parliament by Richard Frederick, who was expelled from the UWP.
Francis said he did not know who he would be going up against, and would only know that on nomination day.
Of himself he said:
“I am a Castries Central guy. I worked with the people of Central Castries over the years so I know them. I am not one that was brought down to Castries Central I was raised and bred in Castries Central. “