Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) leader, Philip J. Pierre, has made an apparent reference to to reports that Castries North MP, Stephenson King, could this week announce that he will participate in the July 26 general elections as an Independent candidate.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet announced the election date on Monday, declaring that the poll will be an election ‘for the ages’.
The PM touted the achievements of his administration in office, while indicating that it had rescued Saint Lucia from the clutches of the SLP, a party he described as a spent force.
Chastanet’s United Workers Party (UWP) won the 2016 general elections by a margin of 11 to 6.
Addressing SLP supporters at a meeting Wednesday night, Philip J. Pierre told his audience that in the days leading up to the elections, they will hear all kinds of things about opposition candidates and what they have done.
“But they did not know what was in their backyard,” he explained.
The SLP leader said that as he was addressing his audience Wednesday night, ruling party officials were in a meeting fighting with each other because their time had come.
“When I told them in the parliament ‘Four years is not forty years’, they laughed at me,” Pierre stated.
But he asserted that right now, the ruling party does not know what to do.
The SLP has not announced a candidate to contest the Castries North seat.
Stephenson King, the incumbent who won the constituency in 2016 on a UWP ticket, has not commented officially on the reports about his plans to go independent.
However local media reports suggest that he could make a statement this week.
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