For several of the Labour candidates, both new and experienced, the public meeting held in West Basseterre on Sunday(18th January) was the first time, since the 16th January parliamentary approval of new boundaries, that they spoke of the matter on a political platform.
Although opposition alliance Team Unity has filed an injunction, as it relates to the Boundary realignments, Dr. Drew said that with the “progressive” work to the community, he is confident that under constituency #7, more changes will come.
“To the people of constituency number 8… I am going to miss the people of the great town of Cayon. I want to say to the people of Cayon, that for the last 15 months or so, we have worked together,” Drew said.
Dr. Drew further noted that although he will no longer be their representative, the progress of further enhancing the community would be carried on by the Labour candidate for constituency #8, Vance Gilbert.
“Labour does not move. Labour remains. And I encourage all of you, those of you who supported me personally, to lend your support to Labour and Dr. Vance Gilbert, who will be the next Labour representative for Cayon,” Dr. Drew said.
The candidate suggested that the boundary realignments were not about elections, but rather “a real fairness” and “equity”.
“It was not right to the people of constituency #8, that they should be represented by one person… And to make it worse, the representative that they have is a sleeping representative,” Drew said.
Drew added that “fairness” would now be coming to constituency #8, adding that just like the other constituencies, there is now an equal, or almost, amount of voters.
“So if they say they have the majority of people… if their poll said they have 72% of the people, then you should not complain, therefore, about where the alignment of the boundaries are,” Drew said.