The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) will not be fielding candidates in Castries Central or Castries North for the upcoming July 26 general elections, party leader Philip J. Pierre announced Wednesday night.
“We have taken this decision because there are other persons who have offered themselves to those constituencies. Those are persons whom we believe have admirably represented those constituencies in the past and are more than capable of doing so again,” Pierre stated.
“Let me be clear those persons are not members of our party, nor have they applied for membership. We have in the past disagreed on several things, but we are in accord on the clear and present danger that this UWP administration represents and therefore we should not fight each other but we should marshall our energies to ensure that we, as patriotic Saint Lucians, confront and amputate this peril in our land,” he declared as he presented labour’s slate of candidates.
Pierre, who is the MP for Castries East, said that the upcoming election is about rescuing Saint Lucia.
“It is about preventing Saint Lucia from becoming a failed state, where our institutions have lost legitimacy due to widespread corruption, violation of laws and standards of good governance and their failure to meet their obligations to the citizens. Many honest people and patriotic Saint Lucians share that assessment, and whilst they don’t agree with all our concerns or even approaches, they are agreed that we should act in a manner that best secures the best outcome for Saint Lucia,” he explained.
He noted that the SLP has called on, is calling on all persons of goodwill to join in the fight, play their part, independently or as a collective, in removing the threat that the current UWP administration represents to the viability of ‘our beloved Saint Lucia.’
Pierre said that in the coming days leading to general elections, he is calling on all Saint Lucians to continue to observe the Covid-19 protocols, avoid and discourage acts of violence, and remember that ‘we will all have to live and work together for a better Saint Lucia’ after the July, 26th general elections.