CASTRIES, St. Lucia, July 6, 2021 - Saint Lucians will vote in General Elections to elect a new government on 26 July 2021. So said Prime Minister Allen Chastanet as he announced the election date in a national address on Monday night.
Prime Minister Chastanet will lead the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) into elections for the second time. In the 2016 elections Chastenet’s UWP party won 11 of the 17 seats available.
The main opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) will be led into the elections for the first time by former deputy Prime Minister Mr Phillip J. Pierre who takes over from former Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony.
Prime Minister Chastenet said in keeping with the requirements of the constitution, on Monday he advised the Governor General to dissolve parliament and issue the writ of elections. Nomination Day will be July 16.
“The circumstances of life as we know it now will mark this as one of the most important elections that any of us alive is likely to face in our lifetime,” Chastanet asserted.
He said it was important that people listen and evaluate the plans and programmes being put forward by the political parties.
Explaining that the upcoming poll is not an ordinary one, Chastanet said "We're at a crossroad, this is an election for the ages.”
“While the labour party has been beating pans, we have been busy making plans and these plans are for your future, plans which are designed to help hardworking Saint Lucians and to develop our country by moving it forward,” he declared.
“As we head into elections, I wish to advise you all that both political parties have agreed to abide by protocols established by the Chief Medical Officer and the Police Commissioner with a view to keeping us all safe and healthy,” Chastanet said.
“During the campaign, let us treat each other with respect and kindness,” he urged.
In responding to the announcement of the election date, the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) posted on its official Facebook page that “Saint Lucia, we are ready to serve. Finally, June 26, 2021. We are ready,” said the party, which has been clamouring for Chastanet to ‘ring the bell.’