Compton Party Wins Election, According to Unofficial Vote Count
CASTRIES, St. Lucia (AP) _ Prime Minister John Compton’s United Workers Party won its second election in less than a month on this Caribbean island nation, according to unofficial returns.
The results were announced after the 285 polling stations closed at 6 p.m. Thursday. Election Commissioner Vernon Cooper said final returns awaited a second vote count.
The unofficial returns indicated Compton’s conservative party won 10 seats and the socialist St. Lucia Labor Party seven seats in Thursday’s election. At stake were the 17 seats in the House of Assembly.
In the April 6 election, Compton’s party won nine seats and the Labor Party took eight.
Going into Thursday’s election, Compton warned the ″country is in danger″ because of the lack of a strong majority in the first election. Labor Party leader Julian Hunte had predicted that the Compton government would collapse before the end of its five-year term.
St. Lucia’s Governor General Sir Allen Lewis called a new election April 13, saying it was necessary to avoid a polarized society.
Compton, 60, an attorney and farmer, has headed the government for 20 of the last 23 years and guided St. Lucia to independence within the British Commonwealth on Feb. 22, 1977.
Going into the April 6 election, his party held 14 of the 17 House of Assembly seats.