The opposition candidate for Castries East, Fortuna Belrose, has spoken out against what she has described as “the politics of exclusion” in the constituency.

“What we have observed in this constituency is really not what is reflective of what government should be doing for the people of the constituency,” Belrose told a news conference this morning.

The former public servant said that the people are clamoring for community togetherness and unity.

But she asserted that the politics of exclusion excludes people from the main stream in the community.

Belrose said those policies need to be addressed.

She spoke out against the “myriad” of social issues that also exist within the Castries East community.

Belrose called for all hands to be on deck in an effort to transform the constituency.

“We need to empower our people so that they understand that they can determine their own destiny,” she declared.

“What is needed is the provision of  the enabling environment to allow the people to grow in a positive way,” the United Workers Party (UWP) candidate said.

She also spoke of the need to address issues of health care and the needs of the elderly in Castries East.

According to the UWP candidate, after twenty years of representation by the ruling party’s Philip J. Pierre, the people are unhappy and need change.

Belrose, who served as a public servant for some three decades under nine administrations, will be formally launched on Sunday.

The launch will take place at the Entrepot playing field.