The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) wishes Dr. Alphonsus St Rose well in his bid to run as an independent in the Choiseul-Saltibus constituency, the party’s Communications Officer, Maundy Lewis says.
Lewis told reporters at a news conference Tuesday that the SLP believes in democracy.
“Dr. St Rose has a right, if he believes that he wants to represent the people of Choiseul-Saltibus, he has a right to vie in the next elections so we wish him well,” she stated.
The SLP has decided that Educator, Dr. Pauline Antoine-Prosper, will represent labour after what St Rose criticised as a rigged, manipulated and contaminated selection process.
But Maundy Lewis asserted that the process was transparent and is utilised in every constituency.
She also said it is explained to every potential candidate for the party.
There are concerns that with St Rose going independent, it will split the SLP vote in the Choiseul-Saltibus constituency, currently represented in parliament by Bradly Felix of the ruling United Workers Party (UWP).
But the SLP Communications Officer said the party is doing all the work necessary to prepare for the upcoming general elections.
“Dr. Prospere is on the ground with the people of Choiseul and as usual, the party machinery and the people of Saint Lucia, they believe that better is needed and therefore I believe on election day they will make the right decision and vote the Saint Lucia Labour Party and its candidates to form the next government,” Lewis told reporters.