JUNE 12 ELECTION DAY

Team UPP greet supporters moments after the Prime Minister announces the date for election last night at a rally in Potters. (OBSERVER media)

Team UPP greet supporters moments after the Prime Minister announces the date for election last night at a rally in Potters. (OBSERVER media)

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – After a roller-coaster of events which included court battles and street protests, Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, late last night (Thursday), announced June 12 as the day voters will go to the polls, urging them to return his United Progressive Party (UPP) for a third consecutive term as the government of Antigua & Barbuda. He also revealed that the Writ will be issued today.

Nomination day will be on May 21, the UPP leader told a crowd of energised supporters, which police estimated to be between 4,000 and 5,000.

There are around 48,000 people registered to vote.

Spencer described the 2014 poll as a “crucial” decision voters will have to make, telling supporters “you are doing this for your country.”

“I believe we have made the case, the case is overwhelming for the United Progressive Party to return to office,” he said.

In immediate response, the man who wants to be prime minister, Antigua Labour Party (ALP) leader Gaston Browne, described the announcement as “long overdue” crediting pressure from the opposition as the reason for last night’s announcement.

Browne said, “I think his (Spencer) performance was pathetic and bordering on a pappy show. The 12th of June, 2014, will be judgment day for Baldwin Spencer and the UPP. It will be deliverance day for the people of Antigua and Barbuda and victory day for the ALP.”

But Spencer told those gathered in Potters Village last night that his government deserves a third term in office.

The only other prime minister to serve three terms was the father of the nation, Sir Vere Cornwall Bird, who served from 1981 to 1994.

(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)

 

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5 thoughts on “JUNE 12 ELECTION DAY

  1. Don’t be confused, this ELECTION is not about Spencer or Gaston Browne, ALP started the decline with their bogus policy style Administration which was all about themselves instead of Country, but then again, they couldn’t do any better. The silent majority in Antigua wants to REDEEM our Antigua. We’re for inclusion, especially with our brothers and sisters from across the waters and UPP will surely come up with the right prescription for a comprehensive harmonious solution to the comfort of all who reside in Antigua. They’re the only ones that could close the flood gate, opened by ALP and trust me, they will. And they’re a very capable bunch, once they decide to work hard for ANTIGUANS. Together we’ll do it on 12 June, 2014. Good bye ALP. Good bye!

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  2. Gaston, it’s time for you to stop hating. You, are claiming credit for last night’s announcement by the Prime Minister, you are such a joke! You huffed and puffed and you couldn’t even blow down the house that was built of straw. How in the world, you can claim “pressure from the opposition” forced Prime Minister to make the announcement. You marched, you gave out his private numbers, you called, you threatened, you gave ultimatums, you gave eight (8) days-by the way this came way after the eight days you gave! Did this move or frighten the Prime Minister; No, did he run for cover; No. He stood his ground until every thing was in place for the election to be called. Now, you want to be some sort of hero! You must realize Gaston, that when you spew your venomous words, not all of us drank the Kool-Aid. You, referring to your and our Prime Minister’s performance in front of his people, that he love and who loves him more as pathetic, pappy show. Well gaston, he is ours and come June 12, we will show you who’s the Pappy show and remember the internet is available to everyone these days and we can hear very clearly. THINK!!! UPP NOW MORE EVER!!!

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  3. LOL!!! ROTFL @ Gaston. The meeting was tremendous. The show of support and goodwill energising. I just hope that the UPP will not become complacent and continue to work even harder to the populace of Fair Antigua nd Barbuda.

    Loved the showmanship and theatrics of the PM. Even more sovering, I loved the way he recognised that God is Sovereign. Understanding that the party’s accomplishments were not in his/their own strength or brilliance but due to God’s favour. I pray they will continue to remain focussed and champion the cause of the masses in our fair state, because what if they were elected ‘for such a time as this’?

    God bless Antigua and Barbuda! God bless the UPP!

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  4. it will be a sad dy. for antiguans if we elect alp to power mark my words.the sun will dawn on we it will be gloom.

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  5. Finally, I will get my opportunity to return the UPP to office and get rid of all of them flunkies in the labour party. Time to vote out the people who will not pay their personal debts; people who promote pornography; people who abuse their women and children; people who encourage Antiguans to live above their means.

    We made too much progress since 2004 to turn back now. UPP all the way on election day, June 12, 2014.

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