Prime Minister Gaston Browne sent another hint that general elections will be called sooner than constitutionally due.
During a tour of St. John’s City East Constituency on Thursday, the Prime Minister told journalists “I must be in a position to call the election at the most appropriate time, the time that’s most strategic and beneficial to the Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party.”
On Wednesday, the Cabinet instructed Supervisor of Elections, Lorna Simon, to purchase ballot paper and acquire all other supplies necessary to conduct free and fair elections.
They also told her to ensure all human and material resources required to hold flawless elections were available to the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission in quick order.
“Those who may think it’s a bluff, all they can do is make sure they are not prepared and, you know, I’m sure they’ll be tears,” the Prime Minister cautioned.
Browne and St. John’s City East MP Melford Nicholas also clashed with Harold Lovell, the political leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), and his supporters during the tour.
After a heated interaction, the Prime Minister said, “they obviously tried to create some level of confusion and to intimidate, but we could never be intimidated by losers.”
“Harold Lovell has actually failed to win this seat on seven out of nine occasions and he’s past his sell-by-date and we have no doubt that he will be thoroughly defeated next time around. In fact, I believe that at the next general election, Harold Lovell will be literally retired in the public interest,” he insisted.