By LK Hewlett
The people of Sandy Point are outraged at proposed boundary changes that would see Constituency #5 split in two, almost half of which will be tacked onto PM Denzil Douglas’ strong hold, Constituency #6.
At a Unity Coalition town hall meeting held in the Sandy Point Community Center Wednesday night (July 24) angry residents of the voting district rejected the idea that a large portion of the constituency would be in “Douglas town” and at the other end another portion would be made part of Constituency #4.
The Opposition’s technical expert Patrick Williams outlined how the proposed boundary re-alignment would affect their present parliamentary representative PAM Leader, Hon. Shawn Richards.
He explained that Sandy Point would be “cracked” in an attempt to weaken Richards’ chances at the polls. Using the “gerrymandered boundaries” and statistics from the 2010 elections, Williams projected that Richards would receive 29% of the votes and Dr. Douglas 71%.
Richards told the large audience not be daunted by this latest “gimmick”. He said even if the boundaries were changed that could not keep him out of parliament.
“Tell Douglas I say just how he planning to dig out me eye, I planning to dig out he own too; just how he planning for me, I planning for him. Tell him I could defeat Ghost [Hon. Glenn Phillip] any day. I got rid of two of them in Sandy point already and it come like he want me get rid of a third,” he said, referring to former SKN Labour candidate Jacinth Henry-Martin and 2010 candidate Dr. Norgen Wilson.
“I have a goal come next election and that is Dr. Douglas will not be Prime Minister of this country.”
The MP told his fellow Sandy Pointers that “we are going to do what is necessary to make sure they don’t get those boundary changes”.
Richards also indicated that he did not have to contest Constituency #5 in the next election and was confident he could contest Constituencies 1 or 2 and defeat the sitting SKN Labour Party representatives, Hon. Dr. Asim Martin and Hon. Marcella Liburd, respectively.