Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and UPP candidates at a rally where the 2014 election date was announced
By Caribbean News Now contributor
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Baldwin Spencer, told supporters at a rally of his United Progressive Party (UPP) on Thursday evening that election day in Antigua and Barbuda will be June 12.
“I have consulted with the Almighty God to give me the vision and to tell me what to do... June 12 is election day...” Spencer said.
During the rally, which also heard from some of the UPP candidates including Jacqui Quinn, Dr Errol Cort and Chester Hughes, Spencer noted that the UPP stands on its record and deserves a third term to continue building a new society and create a charter for the future development 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,” Spencer said.
He also announced that the date of the issue of the writ for elections will be May 16, while nomination day will be on May 21.
Following the automatic dissolution of the Antigua and Barbuda parliament pursuant to the country’s constitution on April 26, general elections are constitutionally due no later than July 25.
The last general elections in 2009 were narrowly won by the UPP, gaining 9 of the 17 seats in parliament, with the remainder going to the main opposition Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP).
The ABLP says it is confident of victory at the forthcoming elections.