Amid a groundswell of reports that Castries North MP, Stephenson King, may drop a bombshell this week regarding his participation in July 26 general elections, Researcher and former Director of Statistics, Edwin St Catherine, has asserted that what the MP does could have a national impact in all 17 seats.
King has maintained official silence amid reports that he will run as an Independent in his current constituency, where the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has not announced a candidate.
He won the Castries North seat on a United Workers Party (UWP) ticket in 2016.
Officials of the ruling UWP have been denying reports that the former prime minister had resigned from the party over differences with them.
But as the anticipation of an announcement by King grows, Edwin St Catherine, commented on the likely impact.
“The leader of a party may look weaker as a result. The leader of the labour party in a scenario like that may look like more of a strategist, even if he may not be responsible for anything that is happening,” he asserted.
However St Catherine said he believes Stephenson King has been a stalwart in the UWP from the 1990’s.
“There is no way if, if anything happens in his situation, it will not have at least a significant marginal impact on every seat,” the former Director of Statistics declared.
According to St Catherine, King is part of the image of the UWP.
“The one thing I’d say about leaders generally – Bousquet brothers, perhaps I think you can say it about Philip Pierre, you can say it about Stephenson King, is they have an aura of honesty about them,” he stated.
St Catherine described it as a subtle characteristic that in his view, holds a lot more weight than what a pushy, energetic, ambitious politician may portray.