PRIME MINISTER SAYS ABEC WILL HAVE THE RESOURCES IT NEEDS, ENABLING HIM TO EXERCISE HIS RIGHTS TO CALL THE NEXT ELECTIONS
Prime Minister Gaston Browne has pledged that the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) will receive the resources required to conduct the next general elections.
Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, May 25, Opposition Leader Jamale Pringle asked whether the Commission is being given sufficient finances to complete its printing work and the distribution of voter-identification cards, among other duties.
In response, Browne said his Administration will ensure that ABEC is in a state of readiness for the elections, constitutionally due in 2023. However, he appeared to give a broad hint that an early poll is likely.
Less than two years ago, Browne boasted that he was in such a good position that he would invite the Political Leader of the United Progressive Party, Harold Lovell, to set the date for the next elections. He has not repeated this statement of late, however.
Meanwhile, pundits and residents say they fully expect General Elections ahead of 2023, as the sudden signs of industry by the various government departments and Ministries all point to the polls being imminent.