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Oct 7, 2020

Campaigning in COVID Times

Patrick Faber

The United Democratic Party will formally introduce Patrick Faber as its new leader in a televised event scheduled for Thursday night.  Across the country, the U.D.P. has been reaching out to constituents in a bid to persuade their vote; however, it has been forced to do so in an unconventional manner given the COVID-19 situation.  The U.D.P., despite the limitations preventing a door-to-door campaign, says it has made the best of an otherwise unusual situation.  According to Faber, productive meetings are still being held despite those obstacles.

 

Patrick Faber, U.D.P. Leader Elect

“It has been a challenge and I think it is new territory for everybody, so it’s a good thing.  It’s not a factor that affects one party and doesn’t affect the other, it is across the board that this happens.  For us, I think we have been, in terms of the effects of COVID, a little bit more on the unfortunate side than the PUP.  At least now, two of our candidates have tested positive for COVID, one fully recovered but the other still being affected by this deadly disease, but we have done our best to make sure that the campaign continues.  As the party leader elect, I have made my rounds to constituencies via Zoom and we have very engaging meetings.  We strategize, we plan, we energize the machinery of the party and that is done primarily through distance, digital devices in particular and in a way it is not what we’re used to but it allows for innovation and it allows for saving time in many instances, we don’t have to physically travel the roads of the country that much.  There are some situations where I have had to go personally and in a physical capacity to meet face to face with individuals where the situation warranted it but we are making sure that we cover all the bases nonetheless.”


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