ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The culture of voting in Antigua & Barbuda has taken a shift in that people are more inclined to vote for an individual rather than the political party he or she represents.
That’s according to Parliamentary Representative for St Phillip South Willmoth Daniel.
“A lot of people are going to be voting for personalities, they are going to vote for individuals who have been good to them, individuals they can call upon,” the MP said.
Daniel said this could be a deciding factor during the upcoming general elections, constitutionally due in 2014.
“Even though the parties present their programmes, if the candidates are not one who people are comfortable with… the people are not going to vote for them,” the St Phillip South MP said.
Over the years, political parties have emerged and faded, leaving the already established Antigua Labour Party (ALP) and the United Progressive Party (UPP).
The newest party to be registered, on July 6, was the Antigua Barbuda True Labour Party (ABTLP) – led by retired educator Sharlene Samuel and chaired by Vere Bird III.
Political pundits have expressed the opinion that the splintering of the ALP could cause a split in votes at the polls.
When questioned, however, Daniel said the fight will be between the ALP and the UPP.
“Antiguans, over the years, have the support of two parties … a third party I don’t know. I feel the fight is going to be between the two parties,” the MP said.
He also opined that the ABTLP and the ALP will mend fences before going to the polls.