Opposition Leader Jamale Pringle says that opposition parties should always be ready for elections, and declares that the United Progressive Party (UPP) – of which he is deputy political leader – is ready for the pending polls.
Pringle’s remarks followed the snap elections called by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley for January 19, some 18 months before they were constitutionally due. This reportedly caught the opposition party flat footed, and Mottley had a clean sweep of the polls, winning all 30 seats.
Pringle acknowledges that Mottley had the advantage, since the law gives her the power to call an election at any time.
However, if Prime Minister Gaston Browne were to do the same thing here, the UPP would not be caught off-guard, Pringle says. He notes that the Party has been campaigning since 2019, starting with its Mobilization Mondays.
Elections are constitutionally due in Antigua and Barbuda in 2023. However, the UPP will formally launch its election campaign on Thursday, January 27, with a drive-in rally in St. George.