Amid evidence that Saint Lucia is approaching full fledged campaigning for the next general elections, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has asserted that the poll is not what’s on his mind.
Elections are constitutionally due next year, Chastanet’s United Workers Party having come to power after the poll on June 6, 2016 by an 11 to 6 majority.
Days after the PM recently in a Facebook post that the upcoming elections will be ‘very soon’, he opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party declared the official start of its campaign.
“Elections are not what’s on my mind,” Chastanet told Blazing FM’s Morning Heat during an appearance on the show on Monday.
“Right now what’s on my mind is the decision that we have to make this week with regard to opening our borders,” Chastanet told the programme hosts.
He explained that what was on his mind was also trying to help some of the more vulnerable groups in the society and spread the money available as much as possible.
Chastanet declared that as Prime Minister, while he is not in every single government ministry, the responsibility of all the ministries to get the job done falls on him.
He said he understands that he is accountable to the public to ensure that things are executed as speedily as possible.
“Those are the things that are on my mind right now. How do we position Saint Lucia to get the the economy recovered as quickly as possible.”
The Prime Minister gave the assurance that he would not call an election during the current state of emergency, which expires at the end of September this year.
“My party would never – hear this, never consider and never have elections during a state of emergency,” Chastanet declared.
Explaining why, the PM said that Saint Lucians, whether members of his party or the opposition SLP, have a sense of fairness.