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Members of the United Workers Party (UWP) Gros Islet branch has thrown their support behind former Public Service Minister Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute as the candidate of their choice to contest the next elections.
This decision was made on Wednesday (July 15) during an important meeting held in the constituency.
Montoute was however not endorsed by the UWP General Council during their last meeting.
The UWP deputy political leader has expressed his gratitude to supporters who placed confidence in him running again for the next elections.
Montoute had contested three elections, but was only successful at the 2006 polls.
According to reports, there was no run-off, because Montoute was the only candidate considered by the UWP Constituency branch at Wednesday’s meeting to contest the seat under a UWP ticket.
Jeanna Cornielle, a public servant, who had expressed an interest in running for that seat was not at that meeting and did not compete against Montoute.
“The branch unanimously agreed that their support was with me and that my name should be submitted to the national executive and sent to the national council for endorsement,” he told HTS News Force.
There have been some controversies surrounding the process by which a member is selected to contest an election under the UWP.
The UWP has already endorsed 7 candidates, which includes UWP leader Allen Chastanet, who is exempted from participating in a run-off.