United Progressive Party (UPP) election rally on Sunday
By Caribbean News Now contributor
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Gospel singers and music set the tone for the ruling United Progressive Party (UPP) re-election campaign in Antigua and Barbuda, which officially got off the ground on Sunday with the opening of the UPP campaign headquarters.
Named the “UPP Command Centre”, the building will serve as the nerve centre for the party’s campaign.
Flanked by supporters and candidates for the next general election, Prime Minister Dr Baldwin Spencer told the persons that attended the event his party is committed to nation building.
The opposition Antigua-Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) opened their election headquarters the previous day and, according to a Facebook posting by Imran Kahn, “The crowd was huge. Incredibly huge.”
“I have been to many political rallies and events in several Caribbean countries (Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Barbados, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis and Antigua) and this event would have to rank quite high in terms of turnout,” Khan said.
General elections are constitutionally due by March 12, 2014; however, as a result of still pending court cases over voters lists and boundaries changes, they may have to be put off under emergency provisions in the constitution that have never before been invoked, which is not likely to help the current UPP government’s popularity at the polls.
Recent opinion polls there have consistently indicated a significant swing against the UPP.