Melford Nicholas has retained the St. Johns City East seat for the Antigua Barbuda Labour Party.
He beat United Progressive Party leader Harold Lovell in a closely contested race.
In the first declared seat for the 2018 general election, Nicholas polled 768 votes to Lovell’s 616.
Nicholas said his victory is a message to “naysayers” who doubted his ability to win the seat.
“I am feeling very satisfied with the work that we have done. I am also feeling vindicated,” he told reporters.
Political analyst Peter Wickham says “If Melford can defeat Harold it doesn’t say good things for the UPP.”
It is the second time that the Nicholas has won that seat for the ABLP.
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