BREAKING: ABLP on course to victory as UPP leader defeated


The leader of the main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP), Harold Lovell was defeated in the general elections here on Wednesday as the party appears heading towards a massive overall defeat.

Lovell, a former finance minister, who was leading the UPP into a general election for the first time, was seeking to regain the St. John’s City East seat, which he lost in n2014 to the incumbent Melford Nicholas of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP).

Harold Lovell

Nicholas polled 769 votes as against 616 for Lovell and 16 votes for Bruce Goodwin of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA).

Lovell has not yet conceded defeat in the general election, but the ABLP is leading in all of the 17 seats, except Barbuda, where Trevor Walker of the Barbuda People’s Movement (BPM) easily defeated the incumbent Arthur Nibbs of the ABLP by 568 to 429 votes.

“This is a historic time for the people of Barbuda,” Walker said, noting that this is the first time that a candidate has won the seat by more than 100 seats.

“I am very happy tonight. I have made history in so many ways. I have won all the boxes and that has never happened and the people have said to the administration that they are fed up,” he added.

Walker had gone to the High Court unsuccessfully challenging the decision of the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) to have voters on the island cast their ballots in Antigua. ABEC had taken the decision indicating that the damage done to the island by Hurricane Irma last September had made it impossible for the voters there to cast their ballots.

The ABLP is also leading in St. Peter, St. John’s City West, St. John’s Rural East and St. Paul. St. Phillips North has already been won by ABLP veteran Sir Robin Yearwood.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who had predicted a clean sweep of the polls by his ABLP, is comfortably leading in the St. John City West constituency which he has represented since 1999, while his wife, Maria Browne, is heading for a successful entry into politics leading in the St. John Rural seat that had been held previously by former prime minister and family member, Sir Lester Bird.

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  1. Anne if that’s the way u think about life that parliament have all government members u reasoning ability is far from everyone

    • That is your view not mine. From how some of these people made comments you would think ABLP was the devil himself but it is now clear the the UPP flap and some of you at home with y’all blood pressure through the roof and fainting good luck to y’all in the next elections that is if the UPP still around

      • You really think she going to show up anytime soon after her party was lif and drop chewed up and spit out. You don’t see the rest of the crew quiet. Me sure some of them must have fart piss and shit up themselves during the counting.

  2. They got caught sleeping. A life lesson for all. Always be ready, and never under estimate the competition. Whenever you take a break to relax, know that the competition is working 10X harder.

  3. Please leave my Darling Ms. G alone. Unfortunately, she was misled by the UPPITES… However, I admired her tenacity in the face of adversity.. I reminded her that the same old tied tunes would not be dance anymore. Congrats to ABLP!!!! The tasks are enormous… Please peep’s leave the UPPITES alone, we need caused them in joining the team in making Wadadli the economic power house of the Caribbean..

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