By Abigayle McIntosh
Former St Mary’s Soth MP Kelvin “Shugy” Simon has flatly rejected an invitation by his rival Senator Samantha Marshall to engage in a public debate.
Marshall said on Sunday the debate aims to provide an opportunity for them to share and outline their plans and programs for the constituents, fostering transparency and enabling voters to make an informed decision.
She also added that the political landscape of Antigua and Barbuda has highlighted the importance of open discussions and the role of the people as trustees of the Constitution,” the release said.
Simon told local radio today that,” What is there to debate really Samantha has clearly not done a good job in St Mary’s South the people rejected her overwhelmingly”.
“Coming with an invitation to a debate I see it as desperate she is trying to gain back some grounds, I don’t know. The people don’t want to see Samantha anymore,”
He later added that” I don’t have the time to sit and debate with Marshall. I am staying focused and connected to my people.
Simon and Marshall will face each other once again in a pending by-election following Simon’s resignation as the incumbent due to concerns surrounding his eligibility for the post.
In the January 18th polls he defeated Marshall by almost 200 votes.
Meanwhile, a decision is to be handed down on Wednesday to determine whether the election petition case will go to trial.