United Progressive Party Delays Leadership Convention Pending St Mary’s South By-Election Outcome

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The United Progressive Party (UPP) is poised for its biennial convention, contingent upon the St Mary’s South by-election result, according to acting leader Jamale Pringle.

Scheduled for October 24, the by-election prompted a UPP press conference with candidate Kelvin Simon, who resigned earlier in June.

The primary goal, as Pringle emphasized, is reinstating Simon to the House of Representatives. Simon stepped down as a Member of Parliament due to concerns about a potentially protracted election petition questioning the legality of his December 2022 nomination while serving in the Ministry of Education.

His political adversary, Dwayne George, a former UPP ally, is now running on the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party ticket.

Pringle, succeeding Harold Lovell, who resigned post-general election loss, faces competition from Pearl Quinn-Williams and St John’s Rural West MP Richard Lewis for the UPP leadership.

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