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Leader of the Alliance Party for Progress, Bishop Joseph Atherley (right), and deputy party leader Lynette Eastmond (left), leading their contingent of 22 candidates for next month’s general election, to pay their deposits at the VAT office in Country Road, St Michael, yesterday. – (Photo by Sandy Pitt.)

The Alliance for Progress Party (APP), a newly formed bipartisan coalition led by Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley, has taken its first steps towards this month’s general election here, by registering 22 of its candidates yesterday.

While “three or four” more are expected to complete the process of paying their $ 250 deposit on Monday, Atherley revealed that the party has no plans to attempt to field all 30 candidates. He said it would be a waste of resources to do so.

However, he said the public will have to wait until nomination day for the unveiling of their members who are running for office.

“We never intended to have the 30 candidates because we are not going to waste resources during this short limited period. Time is short and resources are minimal and we are not going to waste time on directing people against incumbents like Prime Minister Mia Mottley or in other Barbados Labor Party (BLP) strongholds like St. Thomas. When we merged we decided that we weren’t going to look for 30 candidates. There are about four ridings where we wouldn’t present any candidates, but we fully expect to fill all the others, ”Atherley said.

APP, which is a coalition of the United Progressive Party founded by Lynette Eastmond and the Atherley People’s Party for Democracy and Development, officially announced its existence to the public on Thursday.

Atherley, who will be running for re-election to St Michael West after winning a BLP ticket in 2018, said he was convinced the newcomers will be seen as a viable alternative to the long-standing two-party system. He sought to remind Barbadians that when the Democratic Labor Party founded by Errol Barrow came to power, it did so with far less than a full slate of candidates.

“We expect to have 26 but we want to wait for them to be nominated until we reveal who they are. You have to understand that sometimes people pull out at the last minute and sometimes people show up at the last minute. minute.

“Those who criticize parties that do not have a full list of candidates need only remember that the first time Mr Barrow won, he did so without a full list of candidates,” a- he added. (CLM)

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