General election today
The small Caribbean state of Saint Lucia is holding its general election today.
The 151,734 voters will be able to choose from five political parties and 52 candidates. There are 471 polling stations and voting takes place between 6.30 a.m. and 6 p.m. local time.
In the 2006 elections the Labour Party (SLP), which had been in office for three terms, was surprisingly defeated by the United Workers Party (UWP). Sir John Compton became the new prime minister until his death in 2007 when Stephenson King took over.
The bicameral parliament has a 17 member House of Assembly for which people are voting today and a 11 member Senate which is appointed by the Governor General.