President of the New Democratic Party (NDP), Arnhim Eustace says that his party is “stunned by some of the irregularities discovered so far” after Wednesday’s general elections and has suggested that legal action would be taken on Monday.
Elections officials have declared the Ralph Gonsalves-led Unity Labour Party (ULP) as winners of the election.
They say the ULP won eight of the 15 seats at stake in the elections, with the remaining seven going to the NDP — a repeat of the 2010 elections result.
But the NDP is refusing to concede defeat, saying that it won the elections. In a statement on radio Friday night, Eustace said:
“Let it be known that the New Democratic Party declares victory in the 2015 general elections in spite of the declaration made by the ULP and the Supervisor of Elections.
“The New Democratic Party, and the Vincentian people as a whole will not and cannot allow the will of the people of this great nation to be usurped.”
Eustace told listeners that the NDP’s candidates and legal advisors spent Friday discussing “our approach to this crisis.
“We are stunned by some of the irregularities discovered so far. These will soon be revealed to all,” Eustace said.
“As I speak on these issues, today’s work to prepare the people’s case continues unabated. Rest assured that we will exhaust any and all legal mean to ensure that our people are not disenfranchised, beginning on Monday.”
Eustace said the NDP is calling on “all right-thinking Vincentians and all our brothers and sisters throughout this region who value democracy to continue to stand firm and speak boldly in defence of the people’s sacred right to free and fair elections. Be not discouraged, my people. As a great man once said, ‘We know we will win as we are confident of the victory of good over evil.'”
Eustace was re-elected as MP for East Kingstown for a fifth consecutive term.
He said that with the “challenges facing our nation’s democracy over the last 48 hours” he has not had the opportunity to properly thank constituents for placing their confidence in him for the fifth consecutive time.
“I am both humbled and inspired by your love and loyalty and I will express my gratitude in person to you all in every area of the constituency very soon,” he said.
Gonsalves was sworn in as Prime Minister on Thursday, joining James Mitchell of the NDP as the two persons to be sworn into that office for four consecutive terms in SVG.