Jeannine Compton-Antoine has announced her plans to contest the next general elections in the Micoud North Constituency as an independent candidate.
Compton-Antoine made the announcement on Thursday evening while appearing on the Mr. Chairman Programme on Calabash Television with David Samuels.
The former Micoud North MP told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today (Nov.20) that the decision was made based on the request of several of her supporters in the constituency.
“People had approached me and I had consultations with my supporters and they agreed that I should go again. So I made the decision to go forth,” she explained.
Asked whether she is confident about winning the seat at the next elections, Compton-Antoine said she is “always confident” and have the full support of a large number of people in Micoud North.
Questioned on whether she feels that Micoud North is being properly represented, she said she prefers not to comment on the current representation.
However she said that everyone has their style of representation and she has her own style which is “people centric”, explaining that an MP is elected to serve the people.
“I think that’s what politicians now are not seeing. They’ve lost that way and they need to go back to serving the people and not the people serving them,” she asserted.
Nevertheless, Compton-Antoine said everyone that puts their hat in to represent and to go up for elections needs to be commended, because it takes a lot of sacrifice.
She told SNO, “Sometimes you don’t have the resources to do what you need to do, but it’s up to the people to decide about the representation.”
The former MP reiterated that the focus should always be on the people because “you are there to represent them, so for any constituency, it is the people who will decide who they want to represent them.”
“So for the upcoming elections the people will decide whether they want my style of representation or the current representative’s representation,” she added.
Asked if she plans to rejoin the UWP, Compton-Antoine said, “not in the current format.”
Compton-Antoine represented the Micoud North constituency in the House of Assembly from 2007 to 2011. She won the seat for the UWP in a 2007 by-election.
She resigned from the UWP in 2011 and continued to serve as an independent MP.
She lost the seat in the 2011 general election to Dr. Gale Rigobert who secured 42.23 percent of the votes, while she got 33.88 percent.
Compton-Antoine is the daughter of Sir John Compton, former Prime Minister of Saint Lucia.