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NDP confident it will take office this general election

NDP confident it will take office this general election

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Scores of New Democratic Party (NDP) supporters held a Carnival like jump-up last Saturday evening, as they made their way to Layou, where a large rally was being held in support of the party’s candidate for that area, Ben Exeter.

The supporters marched, rode and walked, {{more}}waving T-shirts, flags and anything yellow they could get their hands on, chanting the party’s road march for the election season, ‘Get rid of dem’.

The multitude marching from Campden Park in the neighbouring South Leeward constituency with candidate Nigel ‘Nature’ Stephenson made its notable entrance onto the Layou playing field at about 9 p.m., while being acknowledged by the speakers on the stage.

Even Leader of the Opposition Arnhim Eustace joined the other candidates in dancing and singing along to the music, as they welcomed the entourage.

Leaders of the party, while speaking, emphasized that the large turnout at the meeting was a message to the Unity Labour Party (ULP) that persons are in indeed ready to ‘Vote Them Out’.

According to speakers on the NDP platform, the ULP had ‘bought out’ all the minivans, forcing persons to walk to the meeting, but that did not have any effect on the turnout.

The accusation that the ULP had ‘bought out” the minivans came as that same night, the ULP held a rally featuring Jamaican artiste Romain Virgo at the Arnos Vale 2 playing field, which attracted thousands of persons.

Interestingly, when ULP supporters who were on their way to the Arnos Vale rally encountered NDP supporters heading to Layou, both sides good naturedly exchanged slogans, one side yelling ‘four inna row,’ while the other responded with ‘get rid of dem’.

Addressing last Saturday’s rally in Layou were NDP candidates Dr Godwin Friday, Nigel ‘Nature’ Stephenson, Daniel Cummings, Roland ‘Patel’ Matthews, Dr Linton Lewis, Ben Exeter and NDP president Arnhim Eustace.

In their speeches, the candidates repeatedly expressed their confidence that the NDP will take office this general elections.

Various artistes also took the stage, giving supporters a chance to let loose and bring the event to a climax.(AS)