The United Progressive Party (UPP) assures its members and supporters that its Candidate for St. Mary’s South, Kelvin “Shugy” Simon, was legally nominated on Wednesday, December 28.
Despite claims to the contrary by certain political interests, Mr Simon was nominated according to the requirements of the Representation of the People Act.
In addressing the fabricated controversy about the legality of his nomination, the Party refers to Section. 39. 1. of the Antigua and Barbuda Constitution.
It states: “No person shall be qualified to be elected as a member of the House who … (g) holds or is acting in any public office or in the office of judge of the Supreme Court or Ombudsman or is a member of the Constituencies Boundaries Commission, the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, the Public Service Commission or the Police Service Commission….”
The Party draws attention to the word “elected,” noting that there is no prohibition on the nomination.
The UPP also acknowledges the Civil Service Rule which states that a public servant cannot run for elections unless he first resigns from the Service.
However, the Party holds that this section of the Civil Service Rules is unconstitutional.
Notwithstanding that, only Brother Simon and the UPP will determine the pre-election date on which his resignation will be tendered, and we will not be coerced or intimidated by outside forces.
In the meantime, the United Progressive Party expresses appreciation to its concerned supporters and to those Branch Members who nominated Brother Simon and have reposed their confidence in him.
We, too, are confident that his bid in St. Mary’s South will be successful.