(CMR) Saint Lucians will go to the polls on July 26, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet announced on Monday.
During an address to the nation on Monday, Chastanet said, “In keeping with the requirements of the Constitution, I have today advised his Excellency the Governor General to dissolve the Parliament of Saint Lucia and issue the writs of election…I close tonight by announcing that the general elections will be held on July 26, 2021, and that the nomination day will be July 16, 2021.”
He called for respect and kindness during the election campaign. He also urged residents to stay safe, stay strong, and stay united, the St Lucia Star reported.
Chastanet, who is looking to secure a second term in office, added, “I am proud that the work of my government had resulted in a stable foundation for this country on which to build, and was trending in the right direction when the pandemic arrived like an unwelcome dinner guest in March of last year. Where we go from here is what we need to discuss as a country and how we look at what has happened is critical.”
“We know that the past 18 months have been an enormous challenge, but we could also see the direction this government has been going, has been the right one; that we have an incredible opportunity to continue to build a brand new, progressive Saint Lucia.”
The prime minister said St Lucia is getting back on track and that the country “cannot make the mistake of turning back now and trusting our future to the same old Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).”
During the 2016 general election, Chastanet-led UWP won 11 of the 17 seats.