Although the Lucian People Movement (LPM) has not managed to name one candidate for the next general election, the party has its eyes set on making some progress in Anse La Raye/Canaries and Dennery South.
Leader of the LPM, Therold Prudent, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that he believes the LPM stands a good chance of doing fairly well in both of these constituencies because people are fed up with the poor representation they receive.
Prudent said people in Dennery South are frustrated, disenchanted and tired of both the United Workers Party (UWP) and the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).
“For example, when you go to Dennery South, the SLP has already decided on a candidate (Jerome Gideon) and the UWP has an incumbent candidate (Edmund Estaphane), and you speak to people there, and there is no enthusiasm for either of those men. And it’s almost like if that’s all we have, we will not vote,” Prudent said.
According to the LPM leader, a majority of the people have said that they will not vote, and even if they do, they are not sure how they will vote, because they are still confused about the two individuals.
“So that’s where we see an opening, especially among the young people in Dennery, where we can make some serious inroads in there and shock them,” Prudent stated.
The LPM is also working hard in Anse La Raye/Canaries and said they also stand a good chance of getting a lot of support from people there, which is viewed as the poorest constituency in the whole country.
“They’ve just had 60 years of SLP and UWP…more of the same basically. You had an under-performing candidate ‘Pep’ who is not running again and it left a lot of bitterness in people’s mouths. And prior to that, there was ‘Mondesir’ and a lot of people felt he did not live up to expectations.”
The LPM has been working hard on the ground, meeting with people in these and other constituencies.
While the party did not manage to win a seat at the last election, they plan to change this at the upcoming polls.