Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has asserted that the noise of the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), will not determine the date for general elections.
In making the statement, Chastanet noted that it’s the Prime Minister who makes that call.
“But at this point, it’s not the noise of the labour party that is going to cause or influence when elections are going to be,” he declared.
However the PM said he wanted to assure Saint Lucians that his ruling United Workers Party (UWP) has never and will never be in breach of the law.
“We are mindful of the constitutional requirements,” Chastanet told Blazin FM’s ‘The Morning Heat’ on Thursday.
He observed that a lot of people are focusing on June 6.
Nevertheless, Chastanet explained that June 6, 2016 was the date of the last elections.
“Parliament is for five years so it’s five years from the first date of parliament, so that’s July 12th of 2016 – so parliament automatically dissolves on July 12, 2021 and you have 90 days to call the elections,” he stated.
“Now if we dissolve parliament before July 12 of 2021, whatever date you dissolve it you have 90 days to call the election,” Chastanet noted.
“So there are many things I have to take into consideration, the number one being people’s health and safety,” he said.
According to the PM, people’s health concerns are critical.
In this regard, he said campaigning does go against COVID-19 protocols.
“So can I rely on the fact that we’re going to all be vaccinated before I have to call elections? There are too many uncertain things right now for me to say exactly when the elections are going to be,” Chastanet asserted.
“But if we have to have elections because constitutionally they are required, then we will do so,” he declared.
Headline photo caption: Prime Minister Allen Chastanet (Stock image)