While Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has yet to announce a date for the next election on Saint Lucia, the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has speculated at a possible date.
Former Prime Minister and Member of Parliament (MP) for Castries North, Stephenson King, told UWP supporters on Thursday that election may be held on June 27, 2016.
But King’s comment only adds to rumours that have been spreading about government’s so-called plans to call elections in June, hence, the reason why they have been campaigning heavily.
On Thursday, while the UWP held a meeting in Castries Central, to endorse Sarah Flood- Beaubrun, the SLP held a similar meeting around the same time in Choiseul, to endorse Lorne Theophilus.
Both parties have held political rallies/meetings on the same day and time for the past few weeks.
This Sunday, May 15, the SLP will be launching its Anse La Raye/Canaries candidate, John Victorin, while the UWP will launch its Castries East candidate Fortuna Belrose.
If the Prime Minister decides to call general election, a request is usually made to the Governor General to dissolve Parliament. Once this is granted, it officially allows for the dissolution of Parliament.
But the Elections Commission said it is customary for the Prime Minister to make a statement first announcing the date of the dissolution and usually the reason for calling a general election.
However, the Prime Minister must give a minimum of three weeks and a maximum of six weeks’ notice for a general election. Writs of Election for each constituency and the election timetable commences once Parliament is dissolved.