Major political parties to contest all 15 seats in the general election

A confident Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves on Nomination Day

The two major political parties Tuesday nominated candidates to contest all 15 seats in the November 5 general election.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, who is seeking an unprecedented fifth consecutive term in office, is being challenged for control of the government by Dr. Godwin Friday, who is leading the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) into a general election for the first time.

“The children are sometimes wiser than some of us. Five in a row for a five-star government,” Gonsalves posted on the Facebook page of the ULP party.

But Friday said the NDP, which lost the last two general elections by an 8-7 margin, is confident of victory.

“… I know that they (ULP) want to get into our head, but we have prepared the grounds for winning this election free and fair,” he told party supporters on Monday night.

The Electoral Office has not yet released any information regarding the nomination of candidates during a four-hour period on Tuesday.

But earlier, it said that the 15-day Special Voters Registration period is continuing across the country.

NDP and Opposition leader equally confident of victory

Deputy Supervisor of Elections, Sylvester King, said the registration period would end on October 24 and that every person who is 18 years of age or older on or before October 24 is entitled to be registered as a voter and must ensure that they complete their registration during the Special Registration Period.

The Electoral Office also indicated special arrangements are being put in place to ensure that front line workers, such as police officers and health sector employees, can vote early when they visit the polling stations on Election Day.

King said that the front-line employees must take along some form of identification to be easily identified on Election Day.


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