Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Isaac Explains Decision To Bow Out Of UWP Castries South Run Off

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Health Minister, Senator Mary Isaac, says she has always maintained that she will not participate in a runoff.

Isaac bowed out of the process to choose a ruling party candidate for Castries South in the next general elections.

She told Newsspin on Real FM on Thursday that in her opinion, the runoff is a ‘very divisive mechanism.’

Nevertheless, she acknowledged that both major political parties use it.

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But the Minister recalled that she had gone through such a process once.

As a result, she said she did not think that she wanted to go through it again.

“I realise how divisive it can be,” she explained.

“The parties that are vying for the position in a runoff, usually it leaves some level of bitterness or division amongst the people and I don’t think that is necessary going into an election,” Isaac told Newsspin Host, Timothy Poleon.

Isaac unsuccessfully contested the Castries South seat for the first time during the 2016 elections, losing to Dr. Ernest Hilaire of the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).

This week, the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) announced that it had endorsed  Bertrand ‘Birch’ Johannes as its Castries South candidate.

Johannes will be seeking to wrest the constituency from Hilaire in the upcoming general elections.

According to a UWP statement, Mary Isaac decided not to contest in a three-way runoff which included Adrian ‘Buffalo’ Odlum, who also chose not to contest for the candidacy.

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