CASTRIES, St. Lucia, July 27, 2021 - St. Lucia Labour Party’s (SLP) leader Philip J. Pierre will be sworn in as St. Lucia’s new prime minister after leading his party to victory in Monday’s general elections and displacing Allen Chastenet’s United Workers Party by a wide margin.
Preliminary results gave the St Lucia Labour Party ten seats, independents two seats , and two seats for the incumbent United Workers Party. There are three seats that are still too close to call. The St Lucia Electoral Department has not yet declared official results.
Two independent labour candidates Stephenson King and Richard Federick, comfortably won their seats. Richard Fredrick in Castries Central and former UWP candidate and prime minister Stephen King, ran as an independent, in Castries North, citing numerous issues with the UWP.
King, who has held the Castries North constituency for nearly three decades faced a challenge from Jeannine Giraudy-McIntyre, whose father, the late Henry Giraudy was a founding member of the party.
More than 160,000 registered voters cast ballots on Monday to elect a new government in St. Lucia with the two main political parties: the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) led by Allen Chastanet and the opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) led by Phillip J. Pierre.
Apart from the two major parties, the newly formed Green National Party (GNP) is fielding eight candidates.
In the 2016 general election, the UWP won 11 of the 17 seats in the Parliament, but political observers say it faces an uphill task in retaining the government.
The polls are being monitored by observer teams from the Commonwealth, the Organisation of American States and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
The polls took place amidst the severe impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), with health authorities urging voters to obey the various protocols aimed at preventing a spread of the virus that has killed 88 people and infected 5, 320 others here.