BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Thursday June 9, 2016 – Caribbean voters are becoming more educated and analytical in assessing the performance of governments based on their promises, in decideing who will get their ‘X’.
That’s the view of Opposition Leader in St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Denzil Douglas, following the United Workers Party (UWP) election victory over the incumbent St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) earlier this week in St. Lucia.
The former prime minister, who led a four-term government from 1995 to 2015, observed that the Caribbean electorate “seems at this present time to be very, very, decisive in allowing current governments to have only one term”.
“We have seen the trend in St. Lucia itself, because Kenny (Anthony) came back and this would be his first term after returning and before that the UWP was also given only one term. We have seen the same situation in Trinidad and Tobago and we saw Kamla Persad-Bissessar having only one electoral term. In Grenada, Tillman Thomas had one term only. And in Jamaica, not only the JLP [Jamaica Labour Party] before Portia Simpson-Miller, [but she also got] one term,” he said.
“It seems as though the electorate is very impatient with the governments of the day that are not delivering on their expectations, especially when they would have had electoral victories secured on the very many promises, which obviously the electorate did not receive the benefits of, and so they removed them.”
Dr. Douglas contended that democracy is alive and well in the region.
The political leader of the Opposition St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) has congratulated St. Lucia’s new Prime Minister Allen Chastanet on his decisive election victory.
He also complimented Chastanet’s predecessor, Dr. Kenny Anthony, and his Cabinet and party for leading St. Lucia through a relatively difficult period.
Chastanet’s UWP won 11 of the 17 seats in Monday’s elections. The other six went to the SLP.