The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has hailed the announcement of the July 26 election date by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet Monday night, declaring on its official Facebook page minutes after the announcement that labour is ready.
“Finally! July 26, 2021. We are ready!” The SLP Facebook post declared. “Saint Lucians, we are ready to serve!”
And in a nationally televised address subsequent to the Facebook post, opposition leader Philip J. Pierre criticised the performance of the Allen Chastanet administration in government, accusing the government of ineptitude, misplaced priorities and victimisation.
“As their term closes, Saint Lucia’s economy is the worst performer of the independent member states of he OECS, according to the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank,” he noted.
But he explained that the poor performance was not purely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID merely further exposed the poor economic decisions that they had been making,” Pierre observed.
The SLP leader also took issue with the government’s handling of health infrastructure and health care, declaring that the low priority given to those issues contributed to this country having the highest COVID infections and mortality rates in the OECS.
He said the situation was so poorly handled that Saint Lucia has more than the combined totals of OECS member states.
Pierre invited voters to join labour in rescuing and rebuilding Saint Lucia, its people and its institutions.
“Join team labour where we will put the interest of Saint Lucians and Saint Lucia first,” the Castries East MP stated.
“The SLP is ready. We have faith that the people of Saint Lucia will do what is right. I have faith in the proud of Saint Lucia,” the SLP leader declared.