St. Peter MP accuses Administration of discrimination, via the DCA, after long delay in authorizing his Billboards

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St. Peter MP Asot Michael is accusing the Browne Administration of political victimization, as he awaits permission from the Development Control Authority (DCA) to erect his campaign billboards.

Michael, who was unlawfully thrown off the Antigua Labour Party’s slate, is seeking to represent St. Peter as an independent candidate.

About two weeks ago, he began to erect billboards at various locations around the constituency.  Shortly after, the DCA placed removal notices on the seven that had been put up, giving Michael one week to have them removed.

In a communiqué circulated on Tuesday, December 6, Michael calls this development “blatant discrimination.” He reports that he made an application to the DCA for permission to erect campaign billboards since May 16 – some 305 days before the constitutionally due election date in March 2023.

It was on November 14 –182 days later and 123 days before the election date – that he received a response from the DCA, the St. Peter MP says.  However, instead of receiving permission, he says he was threatened with a demolition notice.

Michael explains that he began to construct his billboards in the interest of time, since he believes that elections will be called during the first half of January 2023.

He notes that billboards in an election cycle have a limited lifespan and expire on the day before the general elections are held.

Hence, from November 14, when he received the DCA removal notice, that would give him only 60 days before the election if it were to be called in January, Michael says.

Now, approximately 37 days before the speculated date, he still has not received permission from the authorizing body to construct his billboards, Michael complains.

He adds that the Authority’s angry threats are violating the law in denying him the right to appeal “its oppressive decision.”

In the meantime, his Antigua Labour Party opponent, Rawdon Turner, and his colleagues have their billboards up, Michael notes.

“How is this fair? How is this victimization just? How is this blatant discrimination right?” the St. Peter MP asks the public.

Last week in Parliament, Prime Minister Gaston Browne claimed that Michael had applied for permission to erect over 60 billboards and called the request “excessive.”

Michael countered by reminding Browne that the Labour Party, under the Spencer Administration, had applied to the DCA for more than 200 billboards and claimed it had received permission in two days.

SOURCE: Real News

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7 COMMENTS

  1. @ Asot

    TEAR GASSING GASTON GOING MAD BECAUSE THE POLLS SHOW HE IS LOSING THE ELECTIONS AND THE ST PETERS SEAT!

    HE BEST HAVE HIS RISPERDOL READY, OR TEARGAS GONNA RAIN DOWN ON US FROM HIM CUTIE AND HIS BUNCH OF RENEGADES.
    ALL GASTON TEAR-GASSING MINISTERS MUST GO AND GO NOW!

  2. With or without billboards Mr.Asot Michael you still a go Win I hope 🤞 you get the matter settled soon. Dem can’t touch you. You are a people person.

  3. DCA needs to ask for that billboard by the Chinese embassy to be removed. Even though it’s ABLP it is a real hazard. Imagine this billboard is right under the utility pole and to make matters worst the strappings of the billboard were actually nailed to the utility pole. How can this be acceptable?

  4. So is the ABLP really spending over 2 billion on concert while police officers can’t get new uniforms and the hospital cannot afford to buy water and toilet paper

  5. Millions of $s on Concert and I can’t get my Social Security pension that I have contributed too from the inseption. Lord, please help us to get the heartless Labour Party people out of Office.

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