The NDP’s candidate for North Windward, Shevern John. (Photo: NDP)

The Central Committee of the New Democratic Party has unanimously endorsed teacher Shevern John as the party’s candidate for North Windward in the next general elections, the party said in a press statement on Thursday.  

NDP President, Godwin Friday said that after 19 years of the Unity Labour Party (ULP), North Windward needs a fresh voice in an NDP team focused on job creation.

“Shevern is the breath of fresh air that North Windward needs. She is focused on getting her community working,” he said.

“After 19 years of the ULP, far too many young people from Fancy down to Georgetown are not working. Shevern has dedicated her life to giving young people hope. She can now do so in Parliament as part of my team.

“This is the most important election for a generation. Every vote for Shevern John in North Windward is a vote for jobs, growth, better healthcare and a better future.”

John will come up against the ULP’s Montgomery Daniel, who is seeking a fifth five-year term as MP for North Windward.

Meanwhile the NDP quoted John as saying she was ready to hit the ground running to meet every resident to hear their views and to deliver for them.

“I love North Windward and I want to see more of my constituents in work, so they can have a better life for them and their family.

She said: “Joining Dr. Friday’s team was an easy decision. Like me, he is dedicated to making sure young people can make their future here and are not forced to go overseas in search of work. 

“To the people of North Windward, we need a breath of fresh air to get our people working and to build a better future – join me and together we will do that.” 

The NDP said that the unemployment figures in St Vincent and the Grenadines are stark, with IMF figures showing that almost half  — 46% — of young people in the country are unemployed.

“Evidence also shows that unemployment in the country has risen from 20% in 2001 to at least 26% in 2018 under the ULP.  Figures also show that St Vincent and the Grenadines has one of the smallest incomes per person in the Eastern Caribbean, with the value of the economy being $7,359 per person compared to over $16,727 in Antigua and Barbuda,” the NDP said.  

“It is also evident that the economy St Vincent and the Grenadines is growing slower than that of our neighbours. According to the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, in 2019 the local economy grew by a mere 0.89%. In comparison Grenada’s economy grew by 2% and Antigua’s economy grew by 3%. Let’s get St Vincent and the Grenadines working again,” the party stated.

8 replies on “NDP endorses Shevern John as N. Windward candidate”

  1. Elections are in the air says:

    wow. we studied together at UWI and she was a strong ULP supporter….i guess she had a change of heart….

  2. I could see that the figures are very low in the working class economy. But I would like to say this. As I am looking and hearing all the wrangling about the young people are not getting jobs there, because there are no jobs. Before you all blaming ulp why you ndp try to create jobs for the people instead of always blaming the other party. What I saw there last year after spending a month and a half in Georgetown was disgusting. All the young people wants to do is drink and smoke pot, sit by the road with friends no matter what time of the day or night. Those people should find something to do. By the way ndp your young lady is not going to beat Montgomery daniel out. He is there to run another five years. You all get in there and work with the government to make saint vincent a better place to live.

  3. Hashtag Prince says:

    IT’S ABOUT TIME EVERYBODY IN VINCYLAND HAVE A CHANGE OF HEART. LOL
    TIME FOR CHANGE, ULP IS NOT A PARTY ANYMORE!!!
    IT IS A DYNASTY, DOING WHAT DEY LIKE…TEKKING WAY PEOPLE DEM LAND, CLOSING DOWN BUSINESSES, AND GIVING SPITE TO PEOPLE FOR TALKING AGAINST DEM WRONGS!

  4. Good choice. We need a change of government in SVG but what will really help Vincy is a change in mentality. We don’t just need a change in the crew and first class passengers on the gravy train. That’s what I’m afraid is gonna happen. I’m hearing all the promises but I’m also looking at the havoc that covid 19 is causing in developing states like Vincy. Hope the young lady wins .Mabye she’ll help bring about the change in mentality Vincy so badly needs

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