Dr. Luc Mercelina.
PHILIPSBURG–Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Dr. Luc Mercelina will be contesting the January 9, 2020, snap parliamentary elections on the slate of the United People’s (UP) party.
In explaining his reasons for joining up, Mercelina said, “My progressive, socio-economic vision for the country and prosperous aspiration and ambition for the people of my community fits the best with the ideology of the UP party.”
Mercelina, a former member of the United Democrats (UD), resigned from the UD party and had declared himself an independent MP on September 23.
He said in September, when St. Maarten was going through “a political vacuum, with no majority support for the now caretaker government,” he opted to declare himself independent to be able to form a new coalition of nine consisting of National Alliance/United St. Maarten Party/Brownbill/Mercelina, “with the intention to avoid snap elections.”
According to Mercelina, the accelerated level of poverty, the lack of control over the influx of undocumented people, leading to a conducive atmosphere for the import of more poverty into the country, no tangible evidence of progress on social and affordable housing and roof repair, no visual progress of the reconstruction of the country since Hurricane Irma in general, no governmental vision for the execution of the country’s waste management and the delay in the Airport reconstruction were underlying reasons that empowered him in his decision to declare himself independent.
He said “political maturity, terminating internal fighting and slander, excluding selfishness through all-inclusiveness to create one common sentiment for the country, prioritizing in execution of policies and a pragmatic aggressive solution-oriented approach to all the basic identifiable community problems and grievances of the people are the keys to successful improvement of livelihood and prosperity for one and all. It is time for decisive, pragmatic execution for effective restoration.”
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/92416-mp-mercelina-to-run-on-up-slate-for-upcoming-elections