Thursday 29 October, 2020

Progressive Party to contest just one seat for Aug 10 election

Pictured: The Progressive Party rallies around its sole candidate for the August 10 General Election, Nikoli Edwards. Edwards will contest the San Fernando West seat.

Pictured: The Progressive Party rallies around its sole candidate for the August 10 General Election, Nikoli Edwards. Edwards will contest the San Fernando West seat.

The Progressive Party will offer up a single candidate for the August 10 general election.

The party’s founder, Nikoli Edwards, will contest the San Fernando West seat.  

In an interview with Loop News this week, Edwards said there was a possibility that the party would have fielded an additional two candidates in time for the filing of nomination papers on Friday.

Ultimately, Edwards said, the party took a decision to put its resources behind the candidate that “stands the best chance of securing the seat for the party”.

The San Fernando West candidate noted that it took on the huge task of establishing a political party to challenge the People’s National Movement (PNM) and United National Congress (UNC) and issues it has seen with the current electoral system.

The party today accepted it would not be able to field 41 candidates as previously hoped when the party launched little over a year ago.

“On the eve of nomination day, the Board of Directors and the Elections Committee of the Progressives have accepted a harsh reality that we cannot offer 41 candidates to the electorate for consideration. We are proud of our tremendous progress over the last 13 months and recognise that all is not lost.”

The party put its full support behind its leader Political Leader.

It lauded Edwards as “well qualified and experienced” and as an individual who has demonstrated “fortitude and sheer leadership during this process”. Further, the party said he commands its full support and that of its well-wishers.

The Progressive Party said its hope is to have at least one seat in the parliament to diversify the Lower House and hold the country’s leaders to account.

The party said the last 13 months of its journey has been an eye-opening one, introducing them to the behind the scenes processes involved in attracting resources, distributing its messaging and fielding candidates.

It said it will not overstate the point on the work that needs to be done to fix the electoral and political systems. But, after the 2020 General Election, it intends to mount a campaign of voter education and advocate for pointed reforms.

Edwards urged electors to put their trust in him as the next candidate for San Fernando West.

He said the PNM and UNC do not deserve to maintain control of the San Fernando West seat.  T

The candidate said the constituents have been exploited and abused across the board, noting that the sentiments expressed by those he interacted with on his walkabouts pointed to low morale and distrust for politicians.

He urged constituents to speak up and vote for change on August 10.

"A victory for the Progressives in San Fernando West shall send a clear message that the people are tired of the games of the PNM and UNC and want better for their community and country.

We believe that one seat can make a huge difference, a paradigm shift away from that which we have tried and has not worked."

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