The average viewer last night to the Unity Labour Party (ULP) first ever virtual public meeting came away satisfied that the party which has held the reins of power for close to 20 years is still the hottest ticket in town.
Facebook data alone suggests that it captured the attention of supporters and those across the political divide that no other party has been able to achieve so far. Over 40,000 viewed the online meeting which launched the party’s 4 new candidates for mainland St. Vincent. With over 7000 comments on its main page, the party would be pleased with the outcome.
Persons were also able to follow the meeting on radio and on SVG TV.
One person close to the party told Breadfruit News:
“There is no comparison between the ULP and the NDP public meetings. NDP meetings look as if they are already made in China. Everything about NDP is tacky, dreary and frankly dead”.
“You listen to the speeches? No cuss out, no pulling SVG down. Everything focussed on a development narrative for individuals and the country geared to lifting SVG Higher”
“You listen to any political meeting for the NDP, its Ralph this, Julian that. Their meetings are bitter and full of commess that belies the country at each turn”.
Persons were impressed with the stage set up and the prepared presentations of each new candidate who stuck to script and spoke about plans for the upcoming term. The candidates set out to speak of their background which inspired many within the comments section.
The candidates also promised to speak to constituents door to door to give them a further measure of who they are and the details of their constituency plans.
Central Leeward candidate Dr Orando Brewster was especially praised for connecting with online viewers as his booming voice and story “gladdened the heart”.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves confirmed that the general elections will be held before year end.
The NDP had started its own virtual public meetings months ago in anticipation of the pending general elections.