The female politician seen as a strong contender against Charles Max Fernandez in St. John’s Rural South Constituency may not run, United Progressive Party leader Harold Lovell has said.
He told a radio interview moments ago that the absence of Joan Underwood “has obviously created a problem and it’s a serious problem for us.”
Lovell revealed that Underwood recently received an assignment with the Inter-American Development Bank which will see her working away for the next six months.
The UPP leader said while the party is happy for Underwood, “we’ve had to look at that to see whether or not this would jeopardise her ability to run as a candidate.”
In November 2016, Underwood was named as a caretaker and started her campaign by declaring that Fernandez, the current MP, was not fit for the job.
Lovell told Observer Radio that no final decision had been taken with regards to the candidacy of Underwood and D. Gisele Isaac, the current party chairman.
“I can assure you whether it is Joan or someone else we will have a very good candidate for Rural North.”
He said when the full slate of candidates is revealed: “It is one we believe the people of Antigua & Barbuda will have confidence in.”
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