Former Micoud North MP, Jeannine Compton-Antoine, has told the Times that the elections result came as no surprise to her.
“The feeling on the ground was that the people wanted change and so they spoke out,” Compton-Antoine asserted.
She told the Times that the outcome of the June 6, 2016 elections result shows clearly that Saint Lucians are no longer taking governance for granted.
“If government does not do what the people want they will vote them out,” Compton-Antoine, who ran as an Independent in Micoud North in the last elections and lost, said.
He expressed the view that the days are gone when political parties serve long stints in government.
“The people are saying if you can’t do what we want you to do – we will put you out,” the former MP declared.
Questioned on the promises made to the electorate by the now ruling United Workers Party (UWP), Compton-Antoine said it was up to them to deliver and ensure good governance, ensure whollistic development and constantly consult with the people.
She stated that what has happened in this country is that the people have become divorced from governance.
Compton-Antoine asserted that political parties, when they get into government, do what they think should be done.
She said perhaps the winning party only focusses on a particular sector of the society rather than on the development of the country in a whollistic manner.
“There are people with different opinions and there is nothing wrong with that, because that is all about democracy,” Compton-Antoine told the Times.
She explained that there should be a recognition of the right of people to support whichever political party they choose.
She said it was also the right of persons to oppose constructively.
“I think what we tend to have is destructive opposition other than constructive opposition,” the former MP remarked.
She did not believe that the people are focused on supporting the two main political parties and that the days of Independents are over.
“I don’t think so because since 1964 until 2011 you did not have any Independent pulling in such a level of votes,” Compton-Antoine said of her own performance in the last elections.
She felt it was an indication that persons are saying that they are willing to choose other options, move away from the party-centric mode and vote for someone whom they think can develop their community.
“I am the only Independent in a second election who has been able to pull that large number of votes,” Compton-Antoine told the Times.
In terms of her future role in politics, she told the Times that will be decided by God and the people.
The elections result put the UWP ahead by a margin of 11 to 6.