Tradition trumps polls in candidate selection
ST. JOHN’S — Despite its vaunted plan to use polls to select candidates for the next general elections, the Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party will resort to traditional primaries to choose candidates in two constituencies.
OBSERVER media understands that the decision was triggered by a minute margin of error in the St. George and St. Philip South constituencies, which made the poll results inconclusive.
The decree, sanctioned by the party’s Suitability Committee, ignited feelings of anger and disappointment from die-hard Labour Party hopefuls and members, who are demanding access to raw data to conduct their own independent analyses.
Amongst allegations of poll tampering, the Constitutional Committee, headed by political leader Gaston Browne, is adamant that primary elections are best utilised in those constituencies.
The newspaper was informed that there is a near dead heat in St. George, where Public Relations Officer Dean Jonas has a marginal lead over new comer Michael Freeland. (Antigua Observer)