The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has been urged to put greater emphasis on women candidates and young people, as it prepares for the next general elections.
The Deputy Political Leader of the Saint Kitts & Nevis Labour Party, Marcella Liburd, made the appeal to the open session of the SLP’s 2019 conference of delegates Sunday afternoon.
She was delivering the feature address at the conference.
“I am the only woman on my party’ s ticket for the next elections, but I join the women in my party and women everywhere who are fighting to have more women running for political office,” Liburd told the session at the Jon Odlum Secondary School.
She asserted that females bring a different perspective to the table, observing that in almost all of ‘our countries’ women will make up more than 50 percent of the population.
“As you in Saint Lucia are in the process of confirming candidates for the next election, I am making a timely appeal for a greater focus on ensuring that women are on the ticket,” Liburd stated.
“I make the same appeal for the young people of this country,” she told the SLP event.
According to the Saint Kitts & Nevis politician, the involvement of young people at the top level must start now.
“They are no longer the leaders of tomorrow, but the leaders of today,” Liburd asserted.
She noted that young people represent the majority of the population.
Liburd referred to the freshness, boldness, buzz, passion and energy that the new ideas of the youth bring to labour parties.
She stated that labour must lead the way in the involvement of women and young people in ‘top leadership’.
The SLP conference of delegates was held under the theme ‘Forward With Unity and Purpose.’