The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) expects to have its full slate of election candidates by the end of July, party leader Philip J. Pierre says.
“Hopefully we should have all our candidates by the end of next month,” the Castries East MP told reporters Thursday afternoon.
The SLP has so far announced the endorsement of five candidates, in addition to its current six sitting MPs.
Those the party says it has endorsed Emma Hippolyte (Soufriere), Wayne Girard (Anse La Raye-Canaries), Alfred Prospere (Dennery South) and Joachim Henry (Castries South East) and Guibion Ferdinand (Micoud South).
“We are not wasting time – we are being very cautious,” Philip J. Pierre said in response to observations that people have been calling on the opposition to name its slate.
“We have two fascinating candidates for Choiseul,” he asserted, adding that very soon an announcement will be made in connection with that constituency.
“All I can tell you is – you saw for yourself, the people in Choiseul are ready and you saw the reaction of the parliamentary rep, he is actually very concerned,” the SLP leader declared.
Local reports indicate that Pierre was well received by Choiseul constituents on Saturday when he visited their community and they expressed support for his leadership.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet whose United Workers Party (UWP) won the June 6, 2016 general elections by a margin of 11 to 6, recently indicated that elections will be held very soon.
The SLP also recently announced the official start of its election campaign.