UPP responds to ABLP calling opposition ‘too jumpy’

Chester Hughes

There has been much public discourse surrounding the fact that the United Progressive Party (UPP) has launched its election campaign before the election has been called.

The party is pre-empting the decision to call elections before they are constitutionally due next year not only because there have been hints that they will be called early, but also because in 2018 the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party government announced a snap election a year before schedule.

Yesterday, the UPP hit back at comments made by the ABLP’s Melford Nicholas who had accused the opposition of being “jumpy” by getting into campaigning mode early.

The UPP’s Deputy Chair Chester Hughes told the Observer AM show, “It’s laughable because Mr Nicholas sits in the government of which the Prime Minister makes the determination when is the election.

“If we had a fixed date for the election then we could appreciate Mr Nicholas’s response.”

On Thursday, Information Minister Nicholas, who is also the Cabinet spokesperson, was asked at a media briefing when the general election might be called. He said the UPP appears to be antsy, as the ABLP is confident of retaining the majority position in Parliament.

“I think the opposition party has become a bit jumpy because they’ve realised, if it’s one thing that they know, that the government has a stellar record of responding and providing responses to the development challenges that they are faced with,” Nicholas said.

On Wednesday, the UPP hosted a campaign pre-launch which revealed plans for the next general election, constitutionally due in 2023, as well as making its new website public.

And on Thursday night, the party’s official campaign launch took place during a drive-in rally at the Potters playing field where the official presentation of its 16 candidates was the main feature. — OBSERVER NEWSCO

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  1. UPP is too JUMPY. Election is mandated for March 2023 0r June 2023. Why Launch now ? As a UPP Member I think the launch is too PRE-MATURE. By the time election is called in 2023. UPP message will be OUTDATED , BORING ,STALE.

    • “Premature” you say?? Anything to do with LIMPY JOE?? Maybe King Lyadd Lovell Limpy Joe is “premature” in other areas too.

    • Victoria, you want the UPP to be unprepared? It nar happen. The message will not be stale because everyday something new happens in Antigua and the closer election gets, is the more the top dawg open he mouth and talk foolishness. He now saying his Ministers are not defending the Government. What is there for them to defend when he take all the talking for himself and none of them dare open they mouth and say anything to oppose the foolishness that spew out of his mouth. I tell you, that Radio Station is going to be his downfall. He will meet his Waterloo right there.

  2. It’s a must that UPP try a thing now rather than later……. UPP is taking the opportunity now to try and make their presence be felt bcuz when the time comes for ABLP to begin their campaign, UPP and its campaign program will be totally overshadowed, out run and fully under rated

  3. Eh, eh, Ches, look like you love Limpy Joe again? After you done bad talk he and walk away from he, now the rest done do all the heavy lifting, yuh come back and spreading yuh self large and in charge?
    Lovell, numbady know how yuh go hangle all them big egos yuh have in dey when yuh win. the victory might be more costly than a defeat.

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