It's General Election Day in Antigua & Barbuda

The people of Antigua and Barbuda are voting in a general election on Wednesday.

While there are seven political parties and five independents vying for control of  the 17-seat Parliament, political observers say the contest is a straight fight between the incumbent Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) and the main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP).

Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who is leading the ABLP into a second general election, is promising to follow his prime ministerial colleague in Grenada, Dr. Keith Mitchell, where his New National Party defeated the National Democratic Congress by winning all 15 seats.

But the UPP, which governed Antigua and Barbuda for 10 years before being ousted in 2014, has urged supporters to put an end to what it has characterised as the corruption and unfulfilled promises of  the Browne administration.

In the 2014 general election, the ABLP won 14 of  the 17 seats with the remainder going to the UPP.

Mr. Browne called the election more than a year ahead of  the constitutional deadline, telling supporters his administration wanted to safeguard billions of  dollars in new investments to come to the country over the next few years.

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