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Voting starts in St Vincent and the Grenadines


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Voting starts in St Vincent and the Grenadines
Vincentians line up to vote at the Faith Temple Church at New Montrose in West Kingstown. (Picture courtesy Searchlight)

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KINGSTOWN – Electors in St Vincent and the Grenadines began casting ballots at 7 a.m. Thursday to elect a new government amidst light showers in some parts of the country.

Electoral officials say that 98 119 persons are registered to vote in this country of 110 000 residents.

Three parties fielded 32 candidates and there is one independent candidate vying for the 15 seats in the national assembly.

The incumbent Unity Labour Party (ULP), which is seeking an unprecedented fifth term in office, as well as the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) each have 15 candidates.

The SVG Green party has two candidates and there is an independent candidate in Osordo Edwardo Bennett, who is in a three-way race in South Leeward.

Polls will close at 5 p.m. for persons who are not in quarantine due to the novel coronavirus – COVID-19.

Then, from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the 242 electors who are in quarantine will be allowed to cast their ballots.

Meanwhile, the local Meteorological Office said “weak unstable conditions are across the islands” and the weather is expected to be partly cloudy, becoming cloudy at times with some light to moderate scattered showers.

The average temperature is expected to be 26.5 degree Celcius, which is usual at this time of the year. (CMC)