Gonsalves wins again

ralph againKINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – The Ralph Gonsalves-led Unity Labour Party (ULP) made history here tonight by winning its fourth consecutive general election.

However, it had to settle for the same slender one seat margin as it did in the 2010 poll.

The incumbent ULP won eight of the 15 seats, according to the preliminary results. The main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) won the remaining seven seats.

“I am humbled by the significant and historic victory,” Gonsalves told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).

“A fourth term with an increase in the popular vote votes and I am asking the nation to celebrate this victory in peace and maturity,” he added.

It was the fourth straight election since 2001 that the Arnhim Eustace-led NDP  lost to Gonsalves, who easily retained his North Central Windward seat, polling 2,998 votes as against 743 for Kenroy Johnson of the NDP. Haran Grant, the candidate of the Democratic Republican Party (DRP), received just 17 votes.

While failing to capture the government, Eustace retained his East Kingstown seat, polling 2,443 votes to defeat the ULP’s Luke Brown with 2,298 votes and Kariam Paris, 13. He is yet to concede defeat.

In the keenly contested election, the closest race was in North Leeward where Patel Mathews barely retained the seat for the NDP by a mere seven votes, polling  2, 259 to the ULP’s Carlos James’ 2,252.

Another close contest was in the South Leeward constituency where the NDP’s Nigel Stephenson was able to retain the seat by 13 votes. Stephenson polled, 2,638 as against 2, 625 for attorney Jomo Thomas, a ULP senator in the last parliament.

The incumbent Minister of Agriculture Saboto Caesar easily retained the South Central seat, polling 2,484 to Addison Thomas’ 1,908 for the NDP. Kenneth Horne of the Green Party received a mere three votes.

 Camillo Gonsalves, the son of the ULP leader, who contested the East St. George seat as a newcomer, defeated NDP chairman Linton Lewis, the former Windward Islands cricketer. He polled  3, 124 votes to Lewis’  2, 521 votes in a four way fight.


12 Responses to Gonsalves wins again

  1. dave December 9, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    The result shows how You reward a good performance” give them a fourth term. Vincentians did the right thing. IGNORANT Bajans did the foolish thing in 2008 when they changed the BLP Govt and now Bajans suffering with one of the worst Govts ever in the history of the Country.

  2. Cynthia Blackman
    Cynthia Blackman December 9, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Keep on doing what works for you and the people of SVG

  3. Mankind246 December 10, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Agreed Dave. Well said.

  4. Althea Allen December 10, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Congratulations to the ULP leader Dr. Ralph Gonsalves for winning his fourth consecutive term in office and to the rest of the party. Continue to work in the best interest of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

  5. Edmond Thompson December 10, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Congratulation to you and your team for making it four(4) in a row. You are doing well for the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Can’t wait for the opening of the International airport (AIA). Once more CONGRATULATION TO YOU COMRODE HON RALPH GONSALVES.MAY GOD CONTINUE TO GAVE YOU THE VISION FOR THE VINCENTIAN PEOPLE.

  6. Samuel Morrison December 10, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Is can be shown that Dave is a complete idiot, bereft of sense or analytical skills. A fool whose brain suffocated during birth. An individual who can only express his ignorance. He has no understanding of either Barbadian politics or Vincentian politics. Please go back to 1650.

  7. Arthur Graham December 10, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Maybe dave should move to St. Vincent….
    where there is a shortage of EVERYTHING except Hairoun beer

  8. TearsForSVG December 10, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Vincentians are foolish to vote a government in for four consecutive terms- a SECOND time in its 36 years of existence. The last time, it was through a political revolution, organized by Gonsalves himself, that brought down the NDP’s 4 term PM James Mitchell.

    Ralph Gonsalves has been twice accused of rape, consistently avoiding travelling to Canada where he may face prosecution, and is now under investigation for money laundering.

    He bribed the voters with 30 Million EC dollars worth of lumber and galvanize as well as with money. He has been building an airport for the past 10 years with no end in sight and zero accountability- no one knows the cost of the airport as no financial records are written. He used this airport to win the past 3 elections.

    SVG has had the same unemployment rate since 2001 @ 20%. The healthcare system is a complete and utter failure, education output is poor, roads are in a bad and worsening state. And somehow, Gonsalves thinks that the international airport will actually attract visitors when the “tourism sites” are either unattractive or nonexistent.

    Now, SVG has over 115% in Debt to GDP ratio. How it plans to pay these debts is unfathomable. When Ralph is ready to unleash his taxes on SVG, they will have to bring him down with another revolution.

    Tears are being shed for SVG, make no mistake.

  9. John Smith December 10, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Why is it that in 2015 Caribbean constitutions are giving people 4 terms of power! this is for congo African banana failed state republics.. not a modern working class democracy! Is it simply ridiculous! BY NOW WE NEED INDEPENDENT ELECTED candidate for GOVERNORS of each island. not political party back room king maker deals to select prime ministers! LORD GOD HELP THE CARIBBEAN!

  10. LEROY MERCURY December 10, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    The opposition leader is a poor loser, instead of calling Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and congrats him on his victory. Instead he find himself trying to cause trouble for the seat won by Sir Straker by over 300 votes. It seem to me some people don’t know when to hold and fold.

  11. JoyForSVG December 11, 2015 at 10:32 am

    TearsForSVG where are you getting your facts? James Mitchell was not PM in 2001, when Ralph won elections. There was never a political revolution in 2001. Rather industrial action organised by the Trade unions. The fact that Ralph Gonsalves used a unions iindustrial action to gain political mileage is not something that politicians across the region have not done .Further, the ability to have a major infrastructural and capital project like the AIA without the IMF coming to knock, no public sector job losses, wage and salary increases. This shows prudent economic management than many of his Caribbean neighbours, even here in barbados. As far as your statistics of 20% unemployment, none of the major international development agencies support your stats. Further if I am not mistaken AIA has only been under construction since 2008, than does not total 10yrs and from visiting my friends in svg and the airport site; they have had to move mountains and redirect rivers. As for the money laundering charge I suppose you haven’t been following the news as that was proven to have been an election ploy by the opposition as HSBC has confirmed that Ralph Gonzales has such US bank accounts and the origins of fabricated document is being investigated by US, interpol, and RSS.

  12. jrsmith December 11, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Politics , politics, regional politics, politicians ,politicians, who is doing what to whom, who is them and who is us.


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