The Chairman of the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), Claudius Francis, has not ruled out the possibility of a landslide win by the party in the next elections.
“We believe we have what it takes to maintain the eleven and bring home perhaps four, five or even six more seats,” Francis asserted during a live interview this evening with Rehani Isidore of HTS television.
Seventeen seats are at stake in the upcoming elections, six of which are currently held by the opposition United Workers Party (UWP).
The SLP Chairman said his party knows that it takes hard work and dedication to win a seat, but has never shied away from hard work.
Francis explained that the SLP treats no seat as a safe one, pointing out that although Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony has held his Vieux Fort South seat for four consecutive terms, it is still being regarded as a first time contest.
He disclosed that the same was true of the seats currently held by Castries East MP, Philip J. Pierre and Laborie MP, Alva Baptiste.
“We take every seat seriously,” Francis declared.
The SLP Chairman expressed the view that the record of the ruling party over the past four years is enough to ensure success, despite what he described as a “very nasty” campaign being waged by the UWP.
“We have a fair idea where that nastiness is coming from. The labour party is not going to campaign in kind. The labour party is going to base the election not on any nastiness but on record of achievement,” Francis declared.
He said the message the SLP wants to send especially to UWP leader, Allen Chastanet, is that none of his nastiness is going to work against the labour party in the upcoming polls.
Francis spoke as the labour party officially launched its Castries South East candidate, Joachim Henry, during a political meeting at Cul de Sac.