Apart from gaining a decisive victory and reclaiming governance of the country, the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) managed to win each of the 11 seats with major margins against the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) in Monday’s general elections.
Former party leader, Stephenson King, had a triumphant win securing 3,774 votes, to defeat his contender for the Castries North constituency, Stephen John Charlery, by a massive 2,292 votes.
Following suit was Member of Parliament (MP) for Gros-Islet, Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute, with an overall 6,344 votes claiming victory over Emma Hippolyte by 1,792 votes.
SLP member, Alvina Reynolds also lost her seat to former minister and UWP MP Ezekiel Joseph by a large margin of 1,305 votes for the constituency of Babonneau.
Reynolds said however she remains committed to the constituency and is open to working with Joseph for the people of St Lucia.
Another candidate who took a beat down was Joachim Henry for the Castries South East seat. He lost to Guy Joseph by 1,156 votes.
Henry congratulated Joseph on his success and has since moved to meet with his supporters to discuss plans for his future in politics.
SLP members, Herbert Roserie and Guibion Ferdinand were also defeated by contenders Gale Rigobert and Prime Minister Allen Chastanet who won by 1,045 and 1,049 votes respectively, in Micoud North and Micoud South.
New comer for Anse La Raye/ Canaries, Dominic Feedee also managed to bring home the seat for the UWP after obtaining 385 votes more votes than his competitor Saturinus John Victorin.
And Sarah Flood-Beauburn secured the Castries Central seat with 379 votes against Stanley Felix.
The SLP had other losses. Candidate for Choiseul/Saltibus, Lorne Theophilus lost his seat to Bradley Felix by 825 votes; Harold Dalsan against Herod Stanislaus in Soufriere with 460 votes and Jerome Gedeon against Edmund Estephane in Dennery South with 149 votes.
Theophilus commended Felix and also pledged his support to working in unity for the people of the constituency.
But despite being heavily defeated by the UWP, the SLP also managed to secure 6 seats with Alva Baptiste in the lead, securing 626 votes against Francisco Jn Pierre for the Laborie constituency.
Mosses Jn Baptiste got 468 more votes than UWP’s Prince Ambrose to reclaim the constituency of Vieux-Fort North, and Philip Jn Pierre with 336 votes against Fortuna Belrose for the Castries East seat.
Former Prime Minister Kenny Anthony also defeated his contender, Ulric Mondesir, with a total of 240 votes in the constituency of Vieux-Fort South.
MP for Dennery North, Shawn Edwards leading with 131 votes against Jimmy Henry also regained his seat followed by Ernest Hilaire who got a mere 43 votes against UWP’s Mary Issac for Castries South.