Antigua Election: Ruling party wins nail-biter for third consecutive victory

Prime Minister Gaston Browne

According to the preliminary results announced here early Thursday morning, Prime Minister Gaston Browne led the incumbent Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) to a thrilling victory in the general election on Wednesday, gaining nine of the 17 seats for a third straight term in office. In the general election of 2018, the party had won 15 of the 17 seats.

As the main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) won five more seats than the one seat it had obtained in the 2018 general election, Prime Minister Browne, who became the first government leader in the nation to win three consecutive general elections, led the successful ABLP candidates.

In order to win the seat for St. John’s City West, Browne received 1,295 votes, as opposed to 621 for Alister Thomas of the UPP and Jamel Knight of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA). With Joanne Massiah, the leader of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA), receiving only 22 votes, the DNA failed to have any impact on the election.

For a third time in a row, the UPP leader Lovell was unsuccessful in winning the City East seat, as Information Minister Melford retained his victory by six votes.

According to preliminary results made public by the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC), Nicholas received 791 votes to Lovell’s 785, defeating the former finance minister on each of the three occasions. The DNA’s Leon Smith received 13 votes. Lovell fell short in the most recent general election by 153 votes. Since then, he has demanded a recount.

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According to preliminary results revealed here on Tuesday, the Barbuda People’s Movement (BPM) retained the seat on the sister island of Barbuda with the incumbent, Trevor Walker, easily defeating Knacyntar Nedd of the ABLP. Nedd received 456 votes, compared to Walker’s 624.

Lennox Weston, the minister of works, Samantha Marshall, Michael Browne, the minister of creative industries and innovation, and Dean Jonas, the minister of social transformation, human resource development, and the blue economy were among those who lost their jobs as a result of the election.

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