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Baldwin Spencer sets Antigua general election date

PM Baldwin Spencer announcing date for general elections

PM Baldwin Spencer announcing date for general elections

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer has called on supporters to ensure that his ruling United Progressive Party (UPP) is returned to power for a third consecutive term in the June 12 general elections, even as his main challenger, Gaston Browne was telling voters Antigua and Barbuda will be liberated on that day.

Nomination Day is scheduled for May 21 and political observers say control for the 17-seat Parliament  will be a straight contest between the UPP and the main opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP).

Earlier in March Spencer told supporters of the United Progressive Party (UPP) to keep March 15 as an important date, hinting that the polls could come around that time. But he later told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) the reference to March 15 was intended to get people sensitised to the fact that an election was imminent “and in the planning process I just wanted to set the stage for the people of Antigua and Barbuda to place certain dates in mind.”

In the 2009 general election, the UPP won nine of the 17 seats with the ALP six and the other seat going to the Barbuda People’s Movement (BPM).

Spencer addressing supporters at a mass rally in the village of Potters, east of the capital, said it was important for the UPP to be returned to office in order to continue with the socio-economic programmes and policies that have enhanced the lives of every citizen over the past 10 years.

“We are moving to build a new society, we are moving to create a charter for the future development of Antigua and Barbuda and so we need a third term. We need to be able to stamp our authority on the future development of Antigua and Barbuda for and on behalf of the people of Antigua and Barbuda.

“The elections are very critical.  It is very important to the continued development of Antigua and Barbuda.  We cannot return to the past.  I want to say to you that it is necessary for us to recognize and appreciate that although victory is in sight we cannot drop our guard.  I want to tell you that it is not over until it is over,” he said.

Spencer urged supporters not to become complacent, saying “although victory is in sight we cannot drop our guards.

We have to make sure we keep going, as I always say, it is not over….as the Americans would say, until the fat lady sings. So we have got to make sure my people…that all of us, we have our work to do to make sure we concretise and cement this victory,” he added.

Antigua's ALP  leader Gaston Browne

Antigua’s ALP leader Gaston Browne

But Browne, who is leading the ALP into elections for the first time, said he was confident of victory adding that the naming of the election date was “long overdue.

I think his (Spencer) performance was pathetic and bordering on a pappy show. The 12th of June, 2014, will be judgment day for Baldwin Spencer and the UPP. It will be deliverance day for the people of Antigua and Barbuda and victory day for the ALP.”

He said June 12 would mark a turning point for the people of Antigua and Barbuda.

The ALP suffered its first electoral defeat in 2004 after nearly 30 years in power held by the iconic and controversial Bird family.

Lester Bird, 76, who succeeded his father and ALP founder Vere Bird Snr. as prime minister from 1994 until 2004, lost the ALP’s leadership race to Browne in 2012.

About 48,000 people have been registered to vote after a registration exercise in November 2013, the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) had said.

 

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PM Baldwin Spencer announcing date for general elections

PM Baldwin Spencer announcing date for general elections

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer has called on supporters to ensure that his ruling United Progressive Party (UPP) is returned to power for a third consecutive term in the June 12 general elections, even as his main challenger, Gaston Browne was telling voters Antigua and Barbuda will be liberated on that day.

Nomination Day is scheduled for May 21 and political observers say control for the 17-seat Parliament  will be a straight contest between the UPP and the main opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP).

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Earlier in March Spencer told supporters of the United Progressive Party (UPP) to keep March 15 as an important date, hinting that the polls could come around that time. But he later told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) the reference to March 15 was intended to get people sensitised to the fact that an election was imminent “and in the planning process I just wanted to set the stage for the people of Antigua and Barbuda to place certain dates in mind.”

In the 2009 general election, the UPP won nine of the 17 seats with the ALP six and the other seat going to the Barbuda People’s Movement (BPM).

Spencer addressing supporters at a mass rally in the village of Potters, east of the capital, said it was important for the UPP to be returned to office in order to continue with the socio-economic programmes and policies that have enhanced the lives of every citizen over the past 10 years.

“We are moving to build a new society, we are moving to create a charter for the future development of Antigua and Barbuda and so we need a third term. We need to be able to stamp our authority on the future development of Antigua and Barbuda for and on behalf of the people of Antigua and Barbuda.

“The elections are very critical.  It is very important to the continued development of Antigua and Barbuda.  We cannot return to the past.  I want to say to you that it is necessary for us to recognize and appreciate that although victory is in sight we cannot drop our guard.  I want to tell you that it is not over until it is over,” he said.

Spencer urged supporters not to become complacent, saying “although victory is in sight we cannot drop our guards.

We have to make sure we keep going, as I always say, it is not over….as the Americans would say, until the fat lady sings. So we have got to make sure my people…that all of us, we have our work to do to make sure we concretise and cement this victory,” he added.

Antigua's ALP  leader Gaston Browne

Antigua’s ALP leader Gaston Browne

But Browne, who is leading the ALP into elections for the first time, said he was confident of victory adding that the naming of the election date was “long overdue.

I think his (Spencer) performance was pathetic and bordering on a pappy show. The 12th of June, 2014, will be judgment day for Baldwin Spencer and the UPP. It will be deliverance day for the people of Antigua and Barbuda and victory day for the ALP.”

He said June 12 would mark a turning point for the people of Antigua and Barbuda.

The ALP suffered its first electoral defeat in 2004 after nearly 30 years in power held by the iconic and controversial Bird family.

Lester Bird, 76, who succeeded his father and ALP founder Vere Bird Snr. as prime minister from 1994 until 2004, lost the ALP’s leadership race to Browne in 2012.

About 48,000 people have been registered to vote after a registration exercise in November 2013, the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) had said.