The island of Montserrat will be holding its general election this Thursday, with 31 candidates on the rosters. The two main parties contesting the election are: the newly formed People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) led by leader of the opposition Don Romeo, and the incumbent Movement for Change and Prosperity (MCAP) led by Premier Reuben Meade [see above].
Each party has nine candidates, and there are also 13 independent candidates running, making a total of 31. Three independent candidates have also formed an alliance, led by former Chief Minister Dr Lowell Lewis.
There is just one constituency and each voter has nine votes, to fill the nine elected seats in the Legislative Assembly. This was introduced several years ago to take into account the reduced population and reduced size of the habitable area of the island, due to the volcano in the south of the island.
The intensive run up to the election has prompted a mass of daily radio interviews and promotional recordings with the various candidates, jingles, songs, billboards and stickers, with slogans such as ‘Vote all nine’ and ‘Vote Country not party’, as well as public meetings and rallies.
The PDM has just released its manifesto, with its future plans if elected. Its website is www.pdm.ms. MCAP has also released its manifesto, which can be seen on its website www.mcap.ms. [. . .]