ST JOHN’S –– Antiguans and Barbudans were tonight waiting to see whether the United Progressive Party (UPP) would retain the government following today’s general election.
The 164 polling stations opened at 6 a.m. (local time) and closed 12 hours later. Electoral officials said that 47,721 people were eligible to cast ballots for candidates representing six political parties, although the race is seen as a straight fight between the ruling UPP and the main opposition Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ALP).
Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer is seeking a third consecutive term in office, but the ALP under the new leadership of businessman Gaston Browne is seeking to reverse its fortunes after having been swept out of power in 2004.
In the 2009 general election, the UPP won nine seats, while the ALP won seven. The other seat was won by the Barbuda People’s Movement, which is aligned to the UPP. (CMC)