An act of desperation is how the opposition is describing pronouncements that Antigua construction workers can note in Barbuda.
Antiguans, who have been working on Barbuda for at least six months, will be eligible to vote for the island’s Member of Parliament in the upcoming General Election.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne said this fact puts his Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) on strong ground to win the sister isle’s sole seat in the House of Representatives, which is held by Trevor Walker, for the first time since 2014.
“Trevor is worried about the people who live in Barbuda now. In fact, legally they have to vote in Barbuda. And they aren’t voting for Trevor Walker. [The Barbuda Council is] trying to see how they are going to manage it because the voters’ list has moved from 900 to over 1,200,” Browne said.
Browne added: “Trevor all I have to say for you is your days are numbered…you are on your way out.”
Most of the Antiguans living in Barbuda are work in the booming construction industry.
The Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission has begun its registration exercise and eligible voters have until April 21, 2022 to regularise their status.
No date for the election has been set by the prime minister.