KINGSTOWN, SVG (BreadFruit News) – The newest political party in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the United Progressive Party (UPP) has decided to call it quits on the 2020 general elections citing several challenges as the campaign moves into the final stages.
With elections widely expected to be held in December 2020, the founder and political leader Mark Doyle said:
“Unfortunately, we will not be contesting the St Vincent and the Grenadines election due in 2020. However, we believe urgent political change is required in SVG. So please don’t treat or vote like the election is just a popularity contest. Please vote for the party which you believe will deliver the best outcome for the country you know SVG should and can be.”
“Do not be persuaded by promises of better times. Look back at previous elections to see if the past electoral promises made have materialised and, the country has moved forward in a satisfactory manner. Also, do not be persuaded by short-term personal gains which, only helps a few persons. Look at the bigger picture. The country!”
Our media team asked Mr Doyle as to the precise reasons for this unexpected departure having only officially launched the party some two weeks ago. He told BREADFRUIT NEWS in an exclusive interview:
“We’re aren’t in a state of readiness to contest, candidates wise, there’s a lot of people not taking this seriously, and I’m not in the state to contest an election with only 3 candidates who are serious about the development and change of this country.”
Expressing his frustration with starting up a political party, the youthful Doyle who would have become St. Vincent and the Grenadines youngest prime minister if successful at the polls says that the decision is only a temporary set back as he plans to go back to the drawing board for the 2025 general elections.
He said that the persons who had shown interest seem interested only in ‘fame’ and their collective conduct had destroyed the party’s reputation.
“Too much damage has been done, and the candidates were not taking this seriously, only in this for personal gain.”
However he advised the electorate to vote in the upcoming elections.
“Your vote is really important. Your vote can change the future. Don’t make the vote about yourself. Vote to secure a brighter future for the next generations. You matter, your vote matters, please use it wisely!”