Preville confident about being elected new UWP leader

By Samuel Sukhnandan, Staff Reporter

Dr. Claudius Preville.

Economist Dr. Claudius Preville has expressed confidence in becoming the next leader of the United Workers Party (UWP).

Speaking at a press conference today, Dr. Preville said he has no doubt that the people of St. Lucia has heard his message and the “appropriate decision” will be taken on November 2 – the date set for the UWP’s General Convention, where delegates will vote to elect their leader.

Both Dr. Preville and current Party Leader Allen Chastanet were nominated by party members during the UWP delegate’s conference last month to run for the leadership of the party.

The aspiring political leader said his eye is still set on contesting the Babonneau Constituency during the next elections. However, a definitive decision will only be made after the party’s convention. Dr. Preville was born and raised in the Babonneau community.

Asked whether he is satisfied with the work by the current UWP executive during the past year, Dr. Preville said he is to some extent, but said that there is need for more to be done.

According to him, the party has done quite a lot of work in improving the institutional capacity of the UWP. He highlighted that the party has been able to get a few committees operational again and ensure that procedures are in place to strengthen the branches.

However, Dr. Preville said the focus should be shifted to politics. He said the UWP now has to work towards mobilising its current voters and attracting new ones from other parties.

“We are trying to get the strongest and best possible candidate to lead our party and St. Lucia out of our wilderness and that is working very well. It is not always a smooth process; it causes some tensions from time to time,” he explained.

If elected leader of the UWP, Dr. Preville said his main focus would be to make the party more united. He said the first thing he will try to do, is address issues of concern to party members.

“The party will become a lot more united. We will embrace all elements and factions who may be disaffected in the past and dialogue with concerned stakeholders so their voices are heard.”

The UWP member said he also plans to modernise what is offered to the people of St. Lucia.

“We intend to draw upon many more professionals in society and to let them know that working as a team or group of individuals for a common purpose, we can create the best possible St. Lucia there is,” he added.

He is hopeful that a lot more professionals will come forward and help the UWP in taking back St. Lucia and making it a better place for future generations to come.

“This is not about Claudius Preville; this is about the future of St. Lucia. We have to take the right steps and decisions, to give our country the best possible future.”

Meanwhile, in commenting on allegations that Chastanet may be buying votes, Dr. Preville dispelled the rumour.

“I have respect for Mr. Chastanet and as a nominee now, I have every faith that he will do what is in accordance with our elections guidelines,” he added.

Like Chastanet, Dr. Preville is a trained economist. He has extensive experience, and has worked for many international organisations which includes: the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). He holds a PhD and master degree in economics from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague.

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18 comments

  1. Why are St.Lucians afraid of confidence..Why is Preville full of himself if he knows he knows finally someone who knows what he is talking about and all you can do is hate...well go ahead and hate he can only be himself he is not fake.

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  3. They can take out the U and W from UWP. There is nothing united about them and workers they are not. A bunch of idiots all trying to be boss. Folks with no seat trying to be leader, folks with no experience. If elections were called today UWP would lose only because of the drama

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  5. I wish the UWP would organize themselves and give the SLP a run for their money. SLP has become too complacent,,,,,getting on like the country is theirs. They need to feel they are not invincible.

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  7. I hope this Guy lose!! He ain't got no experience,never even ran a campaign or done work in any constituency but wants to be leader.

    ONLY IN ST.LUCIA WHERE, NEPOTISM AND INFLUENCE IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY !

    And to make things worst if he becomes leader, just like the other leader doesn't even have a sit in the house.

    WHO ARE THESE SHEEP IN THAT PARTY?

    TO ELECT LEADERS THAT CAN'T EVEN SIT IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, MUCH LESS LEAD !!

    I THINK THESE SHEEP ARE INTIMIDATED BY THE FACT THAT THIS GUY HAS A DOCTORATE AND THE LATER IS A SON OF A PROMINENT BUSINESS MAN !!

    AGAIN, NEPOTISM AT WORK IN ST.LUCIA, PARTLY THE REASON WHY THIS COUNTRY HAS A HARD TIME GOING FORWARD !!

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  9. So not impressed with Preville or Chastanet. This UWP needs an overhaul!

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  11. HIS CONFIDENT ALRIGHT CAUSE HIS NEW FOUND BANK ROLLER IS THE ONE PAYING THE DELEGATES.

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  13. go on comrade we need a good leader not another massa like juke bois would say dock la or duck la lol

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  15. On behalf not on the. Behalf. Speak english

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  17. all the best preville,i'm not in favour of allen at all.i wish I was a delegate,however I will convince those I know to vote for u.good luck my next pm.the road will be rough I hope u will accept criticism and lies.

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  19. I hope you prevail over Massa. 🙂
    You got my Vote.

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  21. I don't understand why any party allows a leader to be elected, overwhelmingly, then the following year make him apply again. Talk about undermining the guy. It's not being captain of the football team, you are trying to take over a party a year before an election as well. Madness.

    You should sort a proper mechanism for having a leader.

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    • like jean lilet ...lkol
      look between the liines...

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    • Do you understand the value of competition? aok, you don't.

      SLP is moribund just because there is no competition in there. They have got the God-sent Messiah. No change can come from this arrangement.

      What the Messiah says, goes. No?

      This sounds more like cork hat, khaki socks Plantation Massa to me. Try getting change from "The Entitled" and those acting on the behalf of God Almighty Himself, and on the principle of the "Devine Right of Kings".

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  23. You are a little too full of yourself. You need some means of financial back ground and should know persons within that area to be leader of the party. you know something I personally find you talk a little Too much ok. Thank you. Liaise with persons from the party before you go yapping to the media. the media will have you hang yourself.!!!!!

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    • let it be.... you should be a shame at your comments
      only a person that is just a leacher, has no confidence for taking responsibility will comment like you did.. he is not arrogant... try to read better..

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    • Well you really think people like me care? After 15 years with UWP I am tired of this back and fourth. I may has well vote for LPM and finish with that. Who cares

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      • I agree with you. LPM just don't know that yet. But there are a lot of us eying it for a vote this time around.

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      • LPM is looking like a very viable option at this time. They need to organize and restructure and keep on speaking up at all times

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