The Electoral Department has upheld the results of the June 6, 2016 elections, after a recount.
The recount in two constituencies, Castries South and Dennery North, revealed that Doctor Ernest Hilaire and Shawn Edward of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) both won the popular vote.
Preliminary results had indicated that Hilaire won 2084 votes in Castries South to the United Workers Party (UWP) candidate, Mary Isaac’s 2046.
According to electoral officials, a recount yesterday lasting some thirteen hours determined that Hilaire gained 2,212 votes to Isaac’s 2,166.
That recount took place at the Ciceron Primary school.
Officials told the Times that in the case of Dennery North, the SLP’s Shawn Edward attracted 2,283 votes to 2,147 of the UWP’s Jimmy Henry.
Initial results of the elections had given Edward 2,271 votes to Henry’s 2,140
The Dennery North recount was conducted at the Richfond Combined school.
The United Workers Party won the June 6, 2016 general elections by a margin of 11 seats to the SLP’s 6.
UWP leader, Allen Chastanet, was sworn in yesterday at Government House.
He said will of the people was to give the United Workers Party an opportunity to pursue policies and programmes aimed at improving the standard of living and the quality of life for all Saint Lucians.
But the new PrimeMinister asserted that for that ambitious goal to be achieved, he requires the co-operation and full support of all Saint Lucians.
Chastanet said he wished to signal from the onset his desire to foster a far more co-operative and collaborative relationship with all interests in society, including the official opposition.