New party will contest three seats in upcoming election

By Admin Wednesday January 23 2013 in Caribbean
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ST. GEORGE’S: The newly formed National United Front (NUF) says it will contest three of the 15 seats in the February 19 general elections and dismissed suggestions that it should be regarded as a breakaway faction of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).


The party, which held its first convention last Sunday and elected Glynnis Roberts as its leader, said although it is not yet in a position to govern the country, it intends to be represented in the parliament.


“We want to see members of NUF in the parliament come February, we want to ensure the membership of NUF is represented in the parliament, let us work towards that objective,” said NUF chairman, Siddiqui Sylvester.


Roberts, who was among 10 people, including government ministers and trade unionists expelled from the NDC last September, said the NUF comprises people who saw the need to present an alternative to the present administration. She insisted the NUF is not a breakaway faction of the NDC.


“There comes a time in a country’s history when the old must be done away with,” said Roberts.


Roberts said NUF plans for the development of the country would be based on its nine-point agenda that places emphasis on increased high yielding jobs, developing the agricultural sector, improved health services, education, tourism and implement social oriented programs that would support strong family bonds and establishing close family ties.


Roberts said the plan also calls for developing the environment and the cultural sector and supporting a labour policy that is inclusive and committed to removing political victimization from the workplace.


“With this as our agenda we can have economic transformation to the benefit of all,” she said.


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