ALP Mulls Plan B As Boundaries Report Heads To Parliament

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Antigua Labour Party (ALP) has failed in its bid to stop the report detailing the Boundaries Commission’s proposed changes to constituency boundaries from heading to Parliament.

The party, last evening, received notice that the application for stay would be heard on January 21, 2014; but Parliament is due to deliberate on the matter next Thursday.

ALP’s Attorney Samantha Marshall said after that happens, the party would then have to depend on its campaign skills, since it is unable to halt the proceedings.

“Plan B will be to deal with the issue by preparing ourselves for an underground campaign and ensure we are prepared for any change of boundaries. That is what we can do,” Marshall told OBSERVER media.

A notice from the clerk of Parliament to members of the House of Representatives summoned members of the Lower House to a meeting on December 19, and the Commission report is listed among matters to be discussed.

The opposition had challenged the report, but last week, the court ruled in favour of the Constituencies Boundaries Commission.

(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)