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Voting underway in St. Lucia's general election

More than 160,000 registered voters are casting ballots to elect a new government in St. Lucia with the two main political parties expressing confidence of running the affairs of the island for the next five years.
 
Prime Minister and leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), Allen Chastanet, and Phillip J. Pierre, Opposition Leader and head of the St. Lucia Labour Party, addressed the nation on Sunday night hoping to woo undecided voters into their camp.
 
In the 2016 general election, the UWP won 11 of the 17 seats in the Parliament, but political observers say it faces an uphill task in retaining the government.
 
The newly formed Green National Party, as well as three independent candidates are also contesting the elections.
 
The polls are being monitored by observer teams from the Commonwealth, the Organsation of American States and CARICOM.
 
                               


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