One of the contenders in Thursday night’s runoff for the United Workers Party (UWP) Anse La Raye/Canaries Constituency seat, Amatus Edward, said he was not adequately prepared and noted that the race was between his two colleagues.
Edward did not secure a single ballot in Thursday’s runoff, won by Sandals public relations executive Dominica Fedee.
“I did not take this thing seriously and that was basically it,” Edward told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Friday, adding he did only what was asked of him – to register and compete.
Asked whether he plans to compete for the seat in the future, Edward said when the time comes and he is called upon, he will take the challenge again, but only if he is available to do so.
In the meantime, Edward said he will continue with his work in the community and do whatever he can to help improve Anse La Raye/Canaries in whatever way possible.
However, in a Facbook post Edward wrote: “Guys for all intents and purposes I did not truly participate in the runoff. I did not canvass a single support hence my receiving zero votes. There are things you don’t know and I can’t discuss with you. The runoff was truly between Dominique and Francis, they were the ones canvassing. However, for reasons that I can’t share with you, I would not have removed myself from the process. Suffice it to say you guys are way off what the truth is…..”
Meanwhile, Leslie Mondesir has clarified reports that he was not one of the contenders in the runoff. Mondesir said he pulled out of the race weeks before the first runoff on Thursday.
Asked about what he thinks about the results, he told SNO that he does not wish to comment on the matter, except to say that the decision will be left with the General Council to decide on the next candidate.
Hermangild Francis, who recently jumped ship to UWP, is reported to have said he accept his defeat, and will work with Fedee to ensure that the UWP wins the seat in the next elections.
The UWP said in a statement that edee has won the first round of a contest, capturing 50 of the 85 votes. Francis got 34 votes and one ballot was spoiled.