Andrew Antonio, the candidate from the Democratic National Alliance who received only eight votes in Tuesday’s By-Election, refuses to consider this a defeat.
For him, defeat would mean turning his back on his constituents, which he is unwilling to do.
Political analyst Peter Wickham labelled him as a ‘spoiler’, but Antonio believes that his decision to run was brave, made with his people’s best interest at heart.
He has pledged to continue assisting the people of St. Mary’s South, regardless of their support for him.
According to Antonio, his genuine interest in helping others has nothing to do with politics.
This was evident when he went up against more established parties like the UPP and ABLP.
“I ran this by-election for the young people who feel unsure about their education path, their business…I want to show them no matter how steep the hill is, if you believe in your dreams, even a losing battle is worth fighting,” he said
Kelvin Shugy Simon, representing the United Progressive Party (UPP), has won his second electoral victory of the year in a recent by-election.
Simon had resigned in June to avoid a potential legal battle, as a supporter of the Labour Party had filed a case against him, alleging that his nomination was illegal.
The preliminary results of the Tuesday’s election are as follows:
– Kelvin “Shugy” Simon, United Progressive Party (UPP): 1065
– Dwayne George, Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP): 891
– Andrew Antonio, Democratic National Alliance (DNA): 8
– Rejected ballots: 5
Simon is set to be sworn in as a Member of Parliament in the coming days, marking his second stint as an elected official.