Electors in Antiguans and Barbuda who include Dominicans, have turned out early to cast their ballots in what observers say will be a tightly contested general election.
Polls opened at 6 a.m. sharp but voters were already in queues from 5 a.m., quite a turn of events from the 2018 elections where residents trickled in slowly.
The incumbent Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party is trying to secure a third term in office.
The main opposition United Progressive Party holds one seat (All Saint’s and St Luke) in Parliament. The presumption is that it would want to take 7 additional seats.
In this election, there is also an interest in the independent candidate Asot Michael.
In the case of St Peter’s, pollsters say it remains a seat to be watched in the event that the candidate was able to dislodge at least 20% of the ABLP support in the weeks leading up to the elections.
60,916 people are eligible to vote in today’s general election.