Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Guy Joseph Prefers Fixed Election Date, Says UWP Ready For the Polls

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Economic Development Minister Guy Joseph says the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) is ready for the polls.

And he has expressed a preference for a fixed election date.

Joseph’s comments follow recent announcements by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet that Saint Lucians will go to the polls soon and Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre who this week announced that his party’s election campaign had started.

“We are always ready for elections – there’s no political party that should not always be ready for elections,” the Castries South East MP asserted.

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He noted that from the day the UWP came into office it started working.

“You know when you work, you work because you have five years in government,” Joseph explained.

In an interview Tuesday, he told reporters that elections can be called before the five years are up.

He recalled that this happened on two occasions under the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) which is now in opposition.

According to Joseph, in 2001 labour called the elections almost one year before its term elapsed.

He also noted that in 2016, the United Workers Party was expecting elections about November that year.

“All of a sudden, we just heard that elections were in June,” the Castries South East MP told reporters.

The United Workers Party won the June, 2016 elections by a margin of 11 to 6.

Asked whether there should be a set date for elections, Joseph asserted that he has always been a supporter of ‘proper dates’ for the polls.

However he explained that in the democratic system, whichever government is in power always uses the election date in the best way they see fit.

“On very few occasions have you seen elections go past the due date – usually you get the elections prior to the due date,” Joseph said.

He told reporters that he is comfortable with the current system.

“I am not saying a fixed date would not work, but I am neither here or there on where it is,” the MP stated.

However he said he would prefer a fixed date.

“But these are things you would have to look at in the context of our democratic system and the changes that would be required,” Joseph stated.

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