ST. JOHN’S: Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer has denied accusations that he and other members of the ruling United Progressive Party (UPP) sought to prevent a motorcade organized by the main opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) on Sunday.
Spencer, who said he was in the Five Islands constituency at the time of the alleged incident, said UPP supporters were already in the area campaigning when the opposition motorcade drove by.
“The fact of the matter is we were in Five Islands doing our house to house campaign,” said Spencer, who is seeking a third consecutive term in office. “At one stage we gathered at a particular area in the village and the caravan was coming through. We were on the side of the road and as is customary, as the caravan is going through individuals would congregate…some of our people were there and they were waiving their flags and so on as the caravan passed. There was absolutely no attempt to interfere with the whistle stop or whatever they were having (Sunday).”
The Antigua Labour Party and its supporters have claimed in postings on social media that the UPP had intercepted and interfered with the motorcade.
The ALP has been staging numerous activities calling on Spencer to name the date for the election, but he has said that he can’t until the OECS Supreme Court hands down a ruling on two appeals filed by the opposition party.
In the last general election, the UPP won nine seats and the ALP won seven. The other seat in the 17-member Parliament went to the Barbuda’s People Movement.