Prime Minister Gaston Browne has again condemned the vandalism of political billboards ahead of elections which many observers predict will occur early in 2023.
Over the weekend in a social media post, the Antigua Barbuda Labour Party’s leader said, “We condemn any destruction or defacing of candidates posters and ask the perpetrator/s to kindly cease and desist.”
An ABLP billboard at the intersection of Dickenson Bay Street and Friars Hill Road was severely defaced over the course of several days last week.
Since then, the ABLP has called on the United Progressive Party and its leaders to also issue statements condemning the criminal acts and calling on its supporters to exercise restraint and decorum in the lead up to the election.
The UPP has not issued any such statement.
Rather, the main opposition party has countered with the suggestion that the ABLP’s own supporters are responsible for the acts of vandalism that have involved political campaign material.