Residents and citizens in Antigua and Barbuda continue to face severe hardships with the day-to-day challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the cry for relief intensifies throughout the length and breadth of Antigua and Barbuda, the United Progressive Party (UPP) continues to find safe ways to engage voters, to listen to their issues and to present economic policies and social programs to get the country back on track.
On Thursday January 13th, 2022 the UPP will launch its first “Drive in Rally” in the village of Old Road. A strict “no mingle policy” will be enforced, out of concern for the health and safety of voters and candidates.
This format will allow the Party to hit the campaign trail every week and connect with the people to discuss the issues. It will also help to energize the Party’s base and rally voters to seek the change in government that the country deserves.
Issues that are high on the Party’s agenda are: the lack of jobs, a worsening water crisis, the high cost of COVID-19 testing, crumbling infrastructure, a failing education system and late payment of pensioners. The dynamic line-up of speakers will comprise candidates and former Party leaders:
– Harold Lovell, Political Leader
– Hon. Jamale Pringle, All Saints East and St. Luke
– Dr. Baldwin Spencer, Former Prime Minister
– Chester Hughes, Deputy General Secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Workers Union (ABWU)
– Pearl Quinn-Williams, St. John’s Rural North
– Anthony Smith Jr. , All Saints West
– Corthwright Marshall, St. Mary’s South
– Sherfield Bowen, St. Phillip South
“This election is about making the next chapter of Antigua and Barbuda one that we can all be proud of. The UPP is ready to lead this country out of this pandemic, revive the economy and get our people back to work. We want to bring the pride back to our communities and to see our people flourish and realize their full potential,” said Hon Jamale Pringle, Leader of the Opposition.
“This type of event is critically important because there is so much despair in many communities. The work we need to do is too important to just leave to chance. The UPP is prepared to do whatever it takes to keep Antigua and Barbuda safe and to ensure that we come out of the pandemic stronger than before. The UPP has always put the people first and we are committed to getting people back on track and back to work,” said Harold Lovell, Political Leader of the UPP.
Former Prime Minister, Dr. Baldwin Spencer will also help to fire up the Party’s base. “While the ABLP is focused on enriching themselves, they continue to fail the people with empty promises. We will ensure that voters get the message that the UPP is ready to govern and we must motivate them to go to the polls to usher in change.
The more our candidates make their presence felt in all of the highways and byways across this country, voters of all ages and from every walk of life will recognize that they are important and that their vote counts,” said Spencer.
The “Drive-in Rally” will be a weekly initiative hosted in various constituencies as the UPP continues to monitor and manage the effects of the pandemic. The meetings will begin at 7:00 PM and will be broadcast on Progressive 103.7 FM, Observer Radio, ZDK Radio and via the MYUPP Facebook Page.