Antigua and Barbuda’s By-Election: Parties Gear Up for September 17 Showdow

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The Antigua Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) has officially designated September 17 as the launch date for its by-election campaign.

This development has sparked anticipation among the public and the candidates representing the three political parties competing for the vacant seat.

cThe by-election became necessary four months ago due to the resignation of the United Progressive Party’s (UPP) candidate, former MP Kelvin ‘Shugy’ Simon, and a contentious election petition against him.

The ABLP’s newly selected candidate, Senator Dwayne George, is now pitted against his former political ally, ‘Shugy,’ in a bid to win the constituency’s support.

Political commentator Petra Williams believes that the ABLP aims to concentrate its election machinery on September 17, but she acknowledges that George must address his past disagreements with the government to win over voters.

Regarding the UPP, political commentator Dwyer Astaphan suggests that the party lacked strategic prudence in the January 18 general elections and calls for more proactive leadership.

Jamale Pringle, the interim political leader, is yet to be officially elected as the party’s leader. Williams agrees with Astaphan, emphasizing the need for opposition parties to effectively challenge the ruling party’s mistakes and blunders.

Williams expresses support for St John’s Rural West MP Richard Lewis as a potential leader for the UPP, praising his drive and thoughtful approach to issues.

As the by-election approaches, the political landscape in Antigua and Barbuda remains uncertain, with the outcome likely to shape the future of these parties and their leaders.

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