Saturday, March 14, 2009

Incumbent UPP wins controversial elections in Antigua-Barbuda

The incumbent United Progressive Party (UPP) has won the Antigua and Barbuda general elections by defeating the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) 9 seats to 7 in controversial general elections that were reportedly riddled with computer glitches and other setbacks, which delayed polling in some districts to as late as 12 noon - some six hours late.

And to add to this, the results, which are normally out four hours after polling were not known until ten o'clock on Friday morning.

The results of the final four seats took several hours to report, including the seats of Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, and opposition leader, Lester Bird. Both leaders won their seats by narrow margin. Spencer defeated Gail Christian while Bird beat Finance Minster Errol Cort, who had pulled off an upset win in the last general elections.

In the other late results ALP's Eustace Lake upset Minister of Sports Winston Williams, and UPP's Jacqui Quinn Leandro won the St George's seat.

Besides Spencer, five other ministers won their seats including Tourism Minister Harold Lovell, Health Minister John Maginley, Labour Minister Jacqui Quinn Leandro, Transport Minister Hilson Baptiste, and Culture Minister Winston Adams.

In the last general elections, the ALP won 4 seats and the UPP 12.

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