THE opposition United Workers Party appears to be moving to fill its candidates slate for the next general elections following the acceptance by constituency groups of two candidates this week. However, signs of disunity are still apparent in the party.
Mary Isaac, the controversial former president of the Civil Service Association will be the Castries South candidate for the party after a run-off with Lorenzo “Doddy” Francis, who unsuccessfully attempted to win the seat for the UWP in the last elections. Reports are that Isaac won the run off by a huge margin Thursday night.
The seat is currently being held by Dr. Robert Lewis, Minister for Education.
Isaac’s emergence as the party’s candidate for that constituency appeared to have been a foregone conclusion based on talk inside and outside the party that continued up to the very last minute when the votes were counted.
Her victory comes just about a year after she vehemently denied having met with the hierarchy of the UWP in secret talks to carve out an understanding between the trade union which she represented as president at the time, and the UWP.
Weeks later she accepted a senatorial position with the party and now sits in the Upper House.
Francis, surprisingly, did not attend the run off. He was, however, at a public meeting called by Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute in Gros Islet that very night, a meeting that was attended and addressed by former party leader Stephenson King, Leader of the Opposition Gail Rigobert, defeatedAnse la Raye/Canaries representative Keith Mondesir and Montoute himself.
Meanwhile Allen Chastanet, the party’s political leader, this week was chosen by the Micoud South constituency group to represent the party in that constituency. The seat is currently being held by Arsene James, former Minister for Education
This development comes months after both men denied that there was any agreement between them for James to give up the seat in favour of Chastanet.