By NAN Staff Writer
News Americas, CASTRIES, Saint Lucia, Mon July 26, 2021: Voters from the Caribbean islands of St. Lucia go to the polls today to elect a new government.
More than 160,000 voters will choose from 45 candidates representing three political parties and three independent candidates vying for control of the 17-seat parliament. They include the United Workers’ Party (UWP) of outgoing Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, the main opposition party, the Labor Party of Saint Lucia (SLP) and the brand new National Green Party (NGP).
Political observers say the election is too close to be called and could even result in a possible coalition.
Barbados-based Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) Peter Wickham told CaribUpdate: “I think it’s a question that goes all the way. We have a whole new set of issues… we had the floor… we also had Independent Labor and I think that set the stage for an interesting election.
Former Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony, who is also among 15 candidates running on behalf of the SLP.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet last night addressed the nation ahead of Monday’s general election, saying the electorate’s choice is to go backward or forward as he described the vote as the most important since independence.
“You cannot afford to stay at home,” he said, adding that voters would sign a contract for the future of this country.