The Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) is calling on Saint Lucians of good standing to step forward and join the party, as it prepares to compete in elections slated for 2016.
Leader of the LPM Therold Prudent said the party will be holding its National Convention in August this year and will use that opportunity, to decide on the candidates to represent LPM at the next elections.
“I would like to make an appeal to those who have an interest in politics and would like to make a meaningful contribution to their community and country, to come forward and join the LPM,” he said.
Prudent said the LPM has been receiving support from several communities island wide. He told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that more and more young people are also coming forward to join the LPM.
The LPM is currently in discussion with at least nine persons who have indicated their willingness to represent various constituencies in the next elections, under an LPM ticket.
However, Prudent said he is looking for more persons to step forward and take up the challenge, so that strong candidates can be selected to run for office. He said persons would not be required to give their “loyalty” to the LPM, but the people.
The political leader also expressed confidence that the LPM will “pick up seats” in the next elections, mainly because the support base of the party is growing rapidly and people are seeing the LPM as a good choice.
“People are tired of the infighting that happens constantly in the United Workers Party (UWP) and they are tired of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) government that has said a lot, but has delivered very little,” he added.
Prudent argued that his party promises to tackle real issues affecting the livelihoods of people. He said Saint Lucians want real changes and the LPM is ready and capable of bringing those changes to “Helen of the West.”
“What Saint Lucian really needs is an opportunity to be able to have sustainable jobs in their country and put bread on the table for their children. They want to see social and educational advancement in the country and much more,” he added.
The LPM leader said Saint Lucians should not be wowed by promises made by the other parties to have roads and bridges repaired and fixed. He said this should not be a privilege, because it is the duty of the government to do that.
Prudent told SNO in a previous interview that he is confident that his party can steal the Gros Islet seat in the 2016 General Elections.“We have to carry Gros Islet and we should,” Prudent said.
The former UWP politician said after 60 years of traditional politics, there has been little development and people are realising that change is needed.
The LPM was formed in August of 2010 and just after one year, contested the 2011 elections. The party received 164 votes.