ULP supporters at their victory rally in Arnos Vale on Friday. (Photo:Anthony Fonz Dennie/Facebook)

Political leader of the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP), Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves says as many as 4,000 persons who support the party did not vote in last Thursday’s general elections.

“I want to say that from my cursory look at the numbers and upon which I have also been advised by these who have had a preliminary — in excess of 3,000, maybe 4,000 persons who normally would vote the Labour Party, the ULP, stayed away from the polls,” Gonsalves said Saturday at Government House, in Kingstown, where he took the oath as prime minister.

“But they chose not to go and support the NDP and to support its particular strategic narrative,” he further said.

The ULP was returned to office for an historic fifth consecutive term winning 9-6 over the main opposition New Democratic Party, but lost the popular vote for the first time since 1998.

Supervisor of Elections, Dora James told iWitness News on Tuesday that she did not know when the final figures from the polls would be available.

However, the preliminary numbers show that the NDP garnered 32,829 votes compared to 32,529 for the ULP.

He said that party supporters who boycotted the polls had concerns “about some matters in their communities and connected with them personally.

“And we have to address those concerns because the electorate has spoken in that regard and that is a lesson that I take away from these results and, accordingly, whilst perusing the large strategic issues, we will intensify the work which we have been doing on the community-type issues touching and concerning lives and livelihoods, which reach people not at the second remove but directly,” the prime minister said.

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, speaking at his swearing-in ceremony on Saturday. (Photo: Lance Neverson/Facebook)

He said he was not upset with party supporters who stayed away from the polls.  

“Now, I want to say that those members of the Labour family who stayed home, I understand what you say and I continue to love you as I love every Vincentian dearly and I ask other members of the Labour family not to be annoyed or angry with them but to reach out to them and let us keep this amazing organisation together,” said Gonsalves, who last year told party supporters that anyone who leaves the ULP family is “dead — politically”.

Gonsalves said that the ULP is an “amazing organisation” that has been “the natural party of governance in this country since internal self-governance in 1979.

“There was a period when that was broken but the natural state of affairs has returned and that is why we have a fifth consecutive term. These are undisputable facts.”

The prime minister assured Governor General Dame Susan Dougan that “the verdict which the people have delivered, that I take it with no sense of triumphalism.

“I take it with solemnity and with great humility and with love and understanding for this country which is so special in our Caribbean civilisation,” he said. 

3 replies on “‘Maybe 4,000’ ULP supporters didn’t vote — Gonsalves”

  1. Nathan 'Jolly' Green says:

    We do not want the extension of the dynasty by making Camillo PM.

    The real losers in this election are the youth who would have jobs, and more jobs under an NDP administration.

  2. anyone who believed what Ralph said this week, about loving all vincentians,as one family is as delusional as Ralph is. They have to stop drinking the kool aid, it has too much sugar in it. We as vincy people need to wake up,We just give a man who is the direct beneficiary of systemic racism , more uninterrupted power and five more years of both knees on our necks. Ralph, ulp have lost the popular vote all around, we should not let them govern as such. Any party or leader, never mind the country, That rules with an iron fist for twenty years, has all the apparatus, in place to fixed an election. They have done it again, While the supporters of the NDP were busy evelating Dr. Friday to higher ground. They left many gates unattended.The ulp henchmen enter and steal the election. Many people know this, but they looked the other way. They too have been bought and sold many times over. Them belly full, while my empty. Those people who is at the chouf like pigs eating from the fat of the land, the taxpayers sweat, continues to perpetuate a culture of internal racism, the rich gets fatter and the poor, Well, they keep looking into the abyss, hoping to see the bottom. But to no avail. I believe something has to give, If you are reading this your luck will ran out at some point, If you continue to enslaved the people, your fellow men, you are showing no empathy for poorer people’s life. They will have no choice than to come and take what you have, without any remorse at all. Just remember morning is coming for all of us. just saying

  3. Soterpy Douglas says:

    What’s the big deal about popular vote when we know it has always been first-past-the-post that carries the day as it pertains to election results? Al Gore and Hillary Clinton both won the popular vote in the US presidential elections of 2000 and 2016, respectively, but still lost under the electoral college scoring system per state by state. This is St. Vincent and the Grenadines, for crying out loud, not Guyana! Stop trying to call Dr. Gonsalves’ and the ULP’s legitimate win into question.

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