Even though the election date has not yet been announced, the atmosphere of pre-elections in Antigua has become increasingly violent. To date two constituency offices of the opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) candidates Asot Michael and Gail Christian were completely destroyed by fire. This happened just days after Organisation of American States denounced the reports of pre-election violence and destruction and pleaded for peace. Christian, a senator, is the ALP's challenger to the incumbent United Progressive Party's leader and Prime Minister, Spencer.
Caribbean Community Secretary General Edwin Carrington said that violence undermines a people's right to a free and fair election. He confirmed that Caricom has been invited to observe the election and is waiting for a response. When asked about the election date he said that the Secretariat would be in a better position to make a statement after assessing the pre-election situation in the island but a new general election is constitutionally due by March.
Spencer's United Progressive Party has also complained of having stones and bottles hurled at them during one of its whistle-stop meetings.