United Workers Party (UWP) candidate for Castries East, Fortuna Belrose, has dimissed claims made by the ruling St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) that she is not permitted to take part in elective politics.
Belrose comment comes in light of recent calls made by the SLP to have her resign as the President of the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee, in light of the UWP announcing her candidacy.
The former Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Youth and Sport said that there are no restrictions by the International Olympics Committee (IOC), when it comes to someone participating in politics.
She highlighted that SLP’s Castries South Candidate, Ernest Hilaire, was announced as a candidate while he was Chairman of the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP).
Belrose noted that there is a huge difference between her and Hilaire’s situation, especially since she is the head of an independent body and not an employee of the Government of Saint Lucia.
Belrose is also Commonwealth Games Federation regional vice-president for the Caribbean.