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Given the sudden announcement of election, the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) has decided to contest only one seat at the polls on June 6, 2016.
The LPM had intended to contest at least seven seats, moving up the mark by one, as they had previously contested six seats in the November 2011 election.
LPM Leader, Therold Prudent, will be the sole candidate for the party, who will be contesting in this election.
He will be going up against the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Gros Iselt, Emma Hippolyte and former MP Lenard ‘Spirer’ Montoute.
The LPM Chairman, Martin Phulchere, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Friday that it was a unanimous decision taken by the party council.
‘We plan to put together a fight in Gros Islet for Prudent. We are very confident we will bring Gros Islet home anad we want to encourage other supporters to rally behind party,” he said.
Phulchere said the LPM’s support base has grown tremendously over the past four years, to over 1,200 strong members, because people are disgruntled by two major parties and their policies.
The party decided not to go with the other candidates because the time is too short and they believe they stand a better chance to win the constituency of Gros Islet, LPM Field Officer Devon Jules said.
“Like we’ve said before we would like to see balance of power in the House, to give the people a voice,” he added.
Jules is encouraging all Saint Lucians to go out on election day and vote, and put the country first.
Meanwhile, Prudent said his party will be sticking to its policies and will reveal a manifesto sometime next week.
The LPM has very been vocal on a number of critical issues affecting Saint Lucians and has been encouraging everyone, mainly the younger population to join forces with them.
The party was formed in August of 2010 and just after one year, contested the 2011 elections.
Six candidates contested the elections under the LPM: Prudent (Gros Islet), Felicia Brown (Castries Central), Melanious Alphonse (Soufriere), Phillip Jn Baptiste (Micoud South), Rufus Alexander (Dennery South) and Winifred Actie (Dennery North).
Despite the LPM did not mange to win a seat, the party received 164 votes.