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(Antigua Observer) The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) – Antigua & Barbuda’s newest political party – has used its launch to declare that it will not go cap in hand to the well-known wealthy political financiers for its campaigns.

Leader of the DNA and Member of Parliament (MP) Joanne Massiah said the DNA will rely on the support of its membership and “the ordinary man and woman of Antigua to finance our party”.

The MP and a number of the DNA’s founding members — Anthony Stuart, Gatesworth James and Angela Payne – made the declaration at yesterday’s long-awaited launch of the party.

“We do not subscribe to all that is involved in what has become known as money politics. Where will our money come from? The few cents we have come from the people … one, one full basket,” Massiah declared.

She added that, the often-debated topic of campaign finance reform was “something [the DNA] holds dear” in addition to “comprehensive constitutional reform”.

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