Social and political activist Junior Bacchus has said that the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) could win the Central Leeward seat this Thursday (Nov. 5), when the voting population of St. Vincent and the Grenadines heads to the polls.
“Central Leeward has the ability to go towards the NDP now. It is boxed in by South Leeward, which is strong NDP and North Leeward, which has the balance towards NDP,” Bacchus analyzed while speaking on the WakeUpCall with Tha Fugitive this morning (Nov. 2).
Bacchus claimed that the NDP’s candidate for the Central Leeward, Ben Exeter “has been on the ground since last election… or since the election was taken away from him.”
In the 2015 general elections, Exeter, a then first time contender, was defeated by Sir Louis Straker. The NDP brought petitions challenging the results of the election. However, the petitions were dismissed for lack of evidence.
Asked if he thinks Exeter has done enough to revive himself, Bacchus said, “He didn’t have to do anything.”
“The ULP has neglected Central Leeward. I could go through their manifesto and show you all the promises for Central Leeward on a number of things,” Bacchus declared.
According to the activist, the ruling ULP has “brought a candidate who has really limited appeal, knowledge and has not been able to convince people that he is the kind of person who will be there for them.”
Orando Brewster MD was named by the ULP as Straker’s successor.
“So ULP is banking on their ULP support base in Central Leeward coming out of Layou and so on. I have seen Barroullie and those areas are swinging. With the departure of the Buccament Bay Resort, Buccament is in dying strain,” Bacchus concluded, noting that the addition of the Buccament Polyclinic would not do much for the party.