Antigua and Barbuda begin preparations for general election

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Wednesday November 6, 2013, CMC – The Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) says it has registered over 48,000 persons under its mass voter re-registration exercise that over the last weekend as the country prepares for a general election Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer said would be held within the next four months.

ABEC said that the St Georges constituency had the highest number of registered persons with a figure of 4, 593 and that the total number of people registered during the re-registration exercise totaled 48, 109.

It said that the preliminary voters list would be issued within a two week period and would “be made available to the public for 30 days in which time it can be scrutinised.

“At the end of that 30-day period, the claims and objections phase will begin and residents will be able to make objections to the names of voters on the list.”

General election is constitutionally due in March 2014, but Prime Minister in an address over the weekend, told the nation that “within four months you would have exercised your right to choose a government that would continue to keep the flag of Antigua and Barbuda flying high”.

The last general election was held in March 2009 and the ruling United Progressive Party (UPP), which has been in power since 2004, is hoping to improve on its slender victory when it won nine of the 16 seats at stake,

The main challenge to the UPP will come from the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ALP) that suffered its first electoral defeat in 2004 after nearly 30 years in power. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)