Dominica Attorney, Anthony Astaphan, has raised questions about the current state of emergency in Saint Lucia.
He commented on the issue while drawing attention to this country’s current COVID-19 figures.
“The figures that you have of people tested positive, active cases and the people who have died, tells a story that that didn’t work,” Astaphan asserted.
The Senior Counsel was Maundy Lewis’ Guest during the Choice Television programme ‘Townhall Tuesday’.
“The whole management of COVID went astray somewhere,” Astaphan told Lewis.
According to the Attorney, Saint Lucia’s figures are way out of line.
And he described as surprising, the fact that the state of emergency has been extended.
“It sends a signal in April – May, that the Prime Minister possibly has no intentions of calling the election until later in the year – October and so on,” Astaphan declared.
He said if that is the case, there are clear inferences to be drawn.
Astaphan suggested it’s an excuse for this country’s current state of affairs.
“Or the polling from your consultants is very bad, not just bad, very bad where there’s no hope of a swing or a movement towards you,” he stated.
And he said the third option could be an expectation of getting COVID-19 vaccines and some external funding.
“And then start doing what this government is also famous for, these direct purchasing and direct expenditures with contracts,” Astaphan said.
The Parliament of Saint Lucia recently approved extending a State-of-Emergency for an additional period of five months.
The extension commences on May 17 and ends October 16.
Headline photo: Anthony Astaphan speaking during Townhall Tuesday