Antigua ruling party launches manifesto ahead of June 12 general election

vote-polls-400ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Friday May 30, 2014, CMC – Ahead of the June 12 General election, the ruling United Progressive Party (UPP) has launched its 2014 manifesto promising to build a new port and explore space technology.

The manifesto – the ‘People’s Charter’ was presented during a ceremony on Thursday morning.
UPP deputy leader Harold Lovell said it was based on ten main pillars ranging from economic stability and honour and dignity.

These include the construction of a new port, a modern performing arts centre and the exploration of space technology .The UPP also committed to continuing its exist social programmes.

The United Progressive Party, seeking a third term in office, is being challenged by the main opposition Antigua and Barbuda Labor Party, led by Gaston Browne.

About 48,000 people are registered to vote, according to the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission.

The last general election was held in March 2009 and the UPP, which has been in power since 2004, is hoping to improve on its slender majority in the House of Representatives, where it holds nine of the 16 seats.

The ABLP suffered its first electoral defeat in 2004 after nearly 30 years in power under the leadership of the iconic but controversial Bird family.

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