Samantha Marshall confirmed as ABLP choice for St Mary’s South by-election
By Shermain Bique-Charles
Antigua and Barbuda (Antigua Observer) – Prime Minister Gaston Browne claims the UPP’s Kelvin ‘Shugy’ Simon “took the easy way out” by quitting as MP of the St Mary’s South constituency.
The ABLP leader told Observer that Simon’s decision to step down was an “acknowledgement of his violation of the electoral rules”.
Simon resigned from his Parliamentary position yesterday, a month before the next hearing of a court matter that challenges his nomination.
“He also recognises that he does not have the capacity to serve the people of St Mary’s South at the level of the Parliament,” Browne said in a WhatsApp message to Observer on Wednesday.
“The ABLP will contest the by-election vigorously and we are confident that Sen Samantha Marshall, based on her experience and competence, will be returned as the representative of St Mary’s South,” he added.
Meanwhile, ABLP Chairman Chet Greene confirmed that Marshall will indeed remain the party’s choice to contest the seat during the upcoming poll which by law must be held within 120 days.