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.
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