​“A Man Can’t Serve Two Masters”, says NRP leader Parry

Picture: Hon. Joseph Parry , Leader of the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP)

Charlestown, Nevis(Thursday, August 25, 2016)-The Hon. Joseph Parry, leader of the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) said Nevis is presently being “abandoned and neglected” under the present Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) led Nevis Island Administration who are also part of the UNITY-Federal government in St. Kitts.

Parry made the statement on Tuesday’s edition of Issues on Freedom FM as he referred to the much talked about landmark amendment to the NRP party constitution which includes the prohibition of NRP candidates to serve in both the Federal and Nevis Island Administration.  The final result is that the NRP will field one set of candidates for Federal and one set of candidates for the Nevis Island Assembly.
The point of the amendment to the 46 year old constitution is to prohibit the same persons serving in the Federal government and in the Nevis Island Assembly.
“What we have done with the amendment is not to prevent our candidates from taking part in the Federal election but it is about no one person serving in the Federal and Nevis Island Administration at the same time”, commented Parry.
He went on to say that a number of persons who are content with the present arrangement is because they back Premier Vance Amory and Deputy Premier, Mark Brantley with the “double dipping” in both the Federal and Nevis Island Administration while people in Nevis are suffering with the lack of economic development.
“The people in the Federation are always saying this is wrong or you are not doing this right.  Well I along with my NRP party took it upon us to do something tangible by not just talking about change but by putting action forth,” commented Parry.
The programs host, E.K asked, “Well the Deputy Premier, Hon. Mark Brantley said that Former Premier Simeon Daniel collected two salaries.”
Hon. Parry told E.K and the listeners that Mr. Brantley should not misrepresent Mr. Daniel who was like a second father and a mentor to Brantley.  “I was there and Daniel only collected a salary from the Federal government and a constituency allowance from Nevis, not a full salary”.
“Mr. Brantley should not say such things which are not true.  The present Governor General- Tapley Seaton, Consie Mitchum, Hugh Heyliger, Richard Caines and Dr. Kennedy Simmonds are all alive and well, you can ask anyone of them,” stated Parry.
The leader of the Nevis Reformation Party was a representative for the parishes of St. James and St. Thomas in the Federal Parliament but resigned in 2000, stating that he wanted to focus on Nevis issues.

 

“ I believe that no man can serve two masters and that is why we are seeing that the two Nevisian ministers are in St.Kitts more than Nevis and Nevis is not being developed instead Nevis is simply taking hand outs from St.Kitts. The CCM administration are doing nothing to bring economic progress to Nevis .  Nothing is being done on the island to take the island forward,” said Hon. Parry.
 Numerous calls came in where people were blatantly upset with the “double dipping” of the two Nevisian ministers. One caller congratulated the NRP on the landmark amendment stating, “It is not just a political move Mr. Parry… it is a national move forward.” 
 That statement ties into a concept aligned to a recent commentary on SKNVIBES by VonDez Phipps who outlined three main reasons that the NRP constitution amendment should be a national issue:
It removes a damning conflict of interest:  As a member of the NIA pursues, as a priority, matters of concern to Nevis, whilst a member of the Federal government focuses on matters concerning St.Kitts- Nevis. These two interests converge but many times they conflict and compete. An example is the dual role of Deputy Premier Mark Brantley as he is Minister of Tourism in Nevis and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation in St.Kitts. Brantley is the face of Nevis tourism which is separate and sometimes competes.  As aviation minister to the Federal government, do Brantley attract more airlifts to St.Kitts or Nevis?
It ensures accountability through the separation of powers: For example- the decision of the Federal government to assist the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) with budgetary support in the amount of $10 million.  It was in the interest of the NIA members to argue for the manifesto promise to be fulfilled without delay however, as they are Federal dollars, it was in the interest of the Federal government to have a parliamentary debate to assure the people of St.Kitts and Nevis that this measure is in the best interest of the Federation.
It refocuses the NIA to be distinctly Nevisian: Under the present UNITY arrangement the political expedience is unprincipled, it generates split loyalties, undermines local government and is of little benefit to Nevis.
Many others called in to the program congratulating Parry and the NRP.  One significant female caller said, “Mr. Parry, I have backed you ever since I saw your stance with the hotel in Nevis (Four Seasons Resort -Nevis).  I admired what you did for the people since then!”  To that statement Hon. Parry declared, “I don’t enjoy victimizing my people, I enjoy fighting for my people.”
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Don Anderson Poll Shows New St.Kitts-Nevis Team UNITY Government off to Excellent Start.

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(Photo Caption: Don Anderson)

The Unity government in St. Kitts and Nevis headed by Dr. Timothy Harris has got off to an excellent start according to a recent national survey conducted in September by Don Anderson and his team of researchers from Market Research Services Limited in Jamaica.  A total of 428 persons aged 18 years and over were interviewed across all 11 constituencies in St. Kitts and Nevis over the period September 11 to September 18 2015.

The key findings of the survey pointed to the following

·         There is a high level of national awareness of a number of actions that have been taken by the government since assuming office some 8 months ago. These include the removal of VAT from food items and from funeral expenses, as well as the provision of budgetary support for Nevis.

·         84% are very aware of the removal of VAT from food items, 71% very aware of the removal of VAT from funeral expenses and 57% very aware of the provision made by the government to support the budget of Nevis.

·         Over and above these good awareness levels, however there is also very strong support for each of these decisions, with over 80% of those aware in each case, indicating that they support these decisions. This is an acknowledgement that these actions are very much in line with how people feel the government should be performing and indeed is indicative of a recognition that the government is carrying out its responsibilities in the interest of the majority of the country.

·         The people are also generally supportive of a number of other actions that have either already been taken by the government or are being contemplated. These include

·         Retroactive payment of monies owed to sugar workers since 2005 with 84% supporting this decision.

·         61% support the proposed rebuilding of a school in Basseterre to replace the old abandoned one

         And 55% supported the appointment of Mt. Tapley Seaton to the post of Governor General

There was also very strong support for the consideration being given to making Sir Kennedy Simmonds a national hero with over 71% indicating they are in favour of this proposal.

In general, the survey also shows that the Unity government headed by Dr. Timothy Harris is at this time positively perceived by a significant number of persons in St. Kitts and Nevis, with 68% giving it a positive rating for its performance. This represents a good start for the new government and a strong platform from which to continue to address the concerns and issues affecting the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.
 
Note: Don Anderson is one of the Caribbean’s most highly respected market research professionals and political pollster having been the only pollster to accurately predict the outcome of the 2002, 2007 and 2011 national elections in Jamaica, the Grenada elections of 2013, the Antigua and Barbuda elections of 2014 and the St. Kitts and Nevis elections in 2015. He is widely used by both political parties in Jamaica and knowingly so, as well as both TVJ and CVM TV, a tribute to his strong reputation for accuracy, reliability, credibility and confidentiality. He was for 32 years senior vice president of the Jamaica Olympic Association and was Jamaica’s head of delegation to the last five Olympic Games.

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People’s National Movement Victorious At The Polls: Dr. Keith Rowley – Prime Minister Elect For The Republic of Trinidad & Tobago.

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(Photo Caption: Prime Minister Elect: Dr. Keith Rowley.)

SKN PULSE, Tuesday 8th September, 2015 – The wind of change continues to sweep through the Caribbean Region as The People’s Partnership (UNC) were defeated at the polls by the People’s National Movement, (PNM). Monday 7th September 2015 saw the end to Kamla Persuad Bissessar’s reign in power after serving just one term. Clearly, the election esults are an indication that the electorate were weary of the unified stance and desired a fresh outlook towards governance.

Any government that seeks to hold on to the reigns of power must exihiby persons with integrity, practice transparency and be accountable. For many Trinidadians, corruption, nepotism, cronyism and abuse of power may have influenced them to consider a change. Kamla’s reign at the helm saw the dismissal of then MP Jack Warner and in the last few weeks leading up to the election, the resignation of the then MP Mr. Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters provides just a small insight to the conflict and complex personalities that existed in the People’s Partnership. The question that the UNC would be asking, where did we fall short?

Nevertheless, depsite the harsh campaign and the usual back and forth exhibit political contest was blessed with showers of blessings that caused polling divisions to be closed at 7:00 (pm). The final count revealed that the People’s National Movement were able to secure 23 seats while The People’s Partnership, (UNC) were only able to secure 18 seats. Both leaders of the respective parties were able to win their  seats by comfortable margins. Other winners are depicted in the pictures below.

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(Photo Caption: Some Of The PNM Winners)

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(Photo Caption: Some Of The UNC Winners.)

Party Supporters Of PNM Celebrate:

Celebrations kicked off in Diego Martin, home turf of Prime Minister Elect Dr. Keith Rowley as constituents and well wishers took to the streets after a hard fought election.

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(Photo Caption: PNM Supporters Celebrating)

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(Photo Caption: Celebrations Continues In Another Part Of Trinidad)

Ms. Penelope Beckles-Robinson Motivates The Labour Comrades At 83rd Saint Kitts And Nevis Labour Party Conference.

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SKN PULSE, Monday 18th May 2015 -Featured Speaker at the 83rd Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party Convention, Ms. Penelope Beckles Robinson was nothing short of exceptional. Being a politician and a lawyer by professional practice, her soothing tone and distinct passion ensured that the audience remained in sync with what was being said. Clearly, her presence at the conference ignited an even brighter spark for the Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party.

Her speech was centered around the workings of Government and Opposition. Ms. Robinson sought to motivate the base of the Labour Party by signalling the time to work is now as the ninety days (90) window has closed. Moreover, she hinted that as the party progresses forward it can only get better but as a party the SKNLP has to remember that the concept of looking at a voter has changed. Therefore, they can ill afford to take voters for granted, they have to always listen to their supporters, seek to create an audience for the youth and ensure the women within the party are happy.

As she eloquently hit home point after point, the People’s National Movement (PNM) also highlighted how the tactics to attain political office has changed. Spreading of innuendos has become common practice while a tee-shirt, $500 dollars and a cell phone has become the norm. This phenomenon she lamented, is what took place in Trinidad in the last election.

A reminder was given to the comrades, that an election can be called before the five (5) year deadline thus they ought to be ready at all times. Furthermore, she reminded the comrades that every time they look across Saint Kitts, Labour prints are all over it.

Tonight: St. Kitts And Nevis Labour Party Speaks Out.

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All roads lead to Upper Market Street in Basseterre tonight Thursday 12th March 2015 as the Federation’s longest serving Prime Minister and now leader of the opposition the Rt. Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas and his colleagues in the St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party hosts their first official political meeting after an intense election battle. It is widely anticipated that the irregularities that plagued the now opposition would be exposed as well as the much anticipated announcement that the election results would be contested in the courts. 

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A Massive show of support is anticipated at tonight’s meeting as the Boss continues to lead the polls as the Federation’s most loved politician.

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The Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party and The Nevis Reformation Party Express Thanks For Public Support.

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SKN PULSE,  Thursday 26th February 2015 – The Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party and The Nevis Reformation Party at their press conference held today Thursday 26th February 2015 at the Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party Headquarters emphasized that they will ensure that even in opposition they will be vibrant.  Candidates used the opportunity to express there thanks for the votes gathered at the polls in the recent elections.  Present were Former Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas, Honourable Marcella Liburd, Honourable Konris Maynard, Honourable Patrice Nisbett and Honourable Asim Martin, Mr. Glen Philipp,  Dr. Terrence Drew,  Dr. Norgen Wilson and Dr. Vance Gilbert. Notably absent were Honourable Robelto Hector and Mr. Cory Tyson of The Nevis Reformation Party.

The press conference was chaired by the Former Minister of Health,  the Honourable Marcella Liburd who welcomed the media and other personnel to the conference,  introduced the head table and rendered brief remarks before introducing and inviting Dr. Denzil Douglas to speak. In his presentation the Former Prime Minister expressed gratitude to the masses for overwhelmingly supporting their Labour Party and The Nevis Reformation Party. The former Prime Minister assured citizens that the Oneness Alliance of The Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party and The Nevis Reformation Party will continue to work in the best interest of the people of Saint Kitts and Nevis even in Opposition.

The Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas also used the opportunity to emphasize that confidence was bestowed upon The Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party when Honourable Minister of State Wendy Colleen Phipps spoke of the Pogson Hospital after leading a delegation that included PAHO representatives as the Minister remarked that  “What we have achieved here at Pogson is benchmarking. It is something that has the potential to become a best practice model elsewhere and we will try our best, in terms of maintaining what we have”,  this in itself is testament to the fact that The Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party were well on their way with the development plans for Saint Kitts and Nevis stated Dr. Douglas.

Further,  the Former Prime Minister has indicated that there are pertinent issues that need to be addressed while going forward. Such matters include, the boundary changes, the Privy Council’s. decision, the removal of names from the list and the delaying of a flight from New York which arrived late and had over one hundred and sixty-four (164) supporters who would have voted solidly for The Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party in Constituencies #1 and #4 respectively. Such a statement is indicative of the next move by the Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party which is to contest the results in the court of law.

Added to this,  Former Deputy Prime Minister Asim Martin who also thanked his supporters and non supporters for participating in the voting process  advanced that he has already contacted his lawyers to ascertain their legal expertise in moving forward.

Hence,  with the obvious intentions of the Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party and The Nevis Reformation Party it comes as no surprise that the revelation was made that an investigation has been launched with regards to the flight dilemmas and private investigators had been sought.

In addition to this, matters pertaining to the actions of Team Unity were also raised.  These included the denying of access to Former Secretary of The Prime Minister to collect his personal things,  the denial of Permanent Secretaries into their offices,  the mandatory searching of civil servants belongings, closure of the Electoral Offices On Saint Kitts and Nevis and the presence of heavy Police Personnel in and around government headquarters.  Clearly, while such actions are morally wrong when governments change there is usually a transitional period but a level of civility is to be expected.

Information gleaned  from the  Oneness Alliance press conference,  suggests  that going forward the results of the February 16th Federal Elections would be challenged in the courts and the possibility exists that the electorate could be going back to the polls for a General Election in the next few months or things may remain as is with a Team Unity Government in control of the Federation’s affairs .

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Election Review: Saint Kitts and Nevis Election Day 2015.

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SKN PULSE,  Thursday 26th February 2015 –  If there is anything constant about life,  it lies in the fact that history is always bound to repeat itself. The 16th Day of February 2015 will forever stain the history books in the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis for it signalled a time when the dominance of the Saint Kitts – Nevis Labour Party crumbled at the hands of Team Unity. Political analysts would present findings that the decision handed down by the Privy Council in England played a pivotal role in swinging the election. While some may stand by this others may quickly disagree and suggest that the majority of the populace required change or the stalling of the Motion of No Confidence played a significant role. Nevertheless,  while many may speculate about the outcome, the perceived victory by Team Unity hasn’t been accepted as reality by many. Instead,  the “Land Mark Election Petition” case held in Nevis in which the 2011 election was challenged will set the tone for serious litigation suits in Basseterre.

The hours,  days, weeks and months of planning could be harsh on the body when nothing goes as planned especially in the case of the comrades of the Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party. They experienced numerous plane delays which plagued their efforts on progress day as it meant they would have had to quickly resort to reworking how they would make up for the loss in numbers. The same faith was suffered by The Nevis Reformation Party as well who in our view were heavily dependent on the overseas votes in Charlestown. Further, alleged reports have indicated that the illegal removal of names were rampant leading up to the election which may have affected all parties concerned.

On the contrary,  while Team Unity has won,  the preparation and distribution of the voters list was a cause for concern even on Saturday 14th February 2015 when the early voting process began. Additionally,  on that said day a matter was heard in Nevis at the High Court with regards to the removal of names,  such a matter was advanced by members of The Concerned Citizens Movement. Thus,  the Electoral process in our view wasn’t fair and just for either political party.

Clearly,  a mere nine days after,  clarity is been sought with regards to the massive flight issues that has been categorised as blatant sabotage as this medium understands that the simple fact indicates that personal information were tampered with causing the manifest to present inaccurate information. Single handedly such an unfortunate situation discouraged Nationals overseas from coming home to vote and for those who spent sleepless nights in New York,  Miami and Canada their rights to exercise their franchise were denied.

Although the flight delays have been discussed in every facet of society the underlying facts in this election are dependent on the procedures and protocols underwhich our Electoral Office operates. A mere ten days (10) after the final counts have not been released. A day after the election approximately minutes after 4 on Tuesday 17th February 2015 the winners of the various constituencies were announced but the various counts in several boxes were withheld.

While this has raised concerns on the regional front and with the supervisor been jabbed at every turn,  one has to ask why has the silence of the members of the Electoral Commission been so deafening? In times like these when men and women of authority ought to speak up about the atrocities of a count been abandoned, the Electoral Offices been closed and the alleged reports of workers being escorted out of the Electoral Offices  by police personnel on Thursday 19th February leaves one to ascertain whether such persons are afraid of their own shadows.

Interestingly though both sides are adamant that an announcement should be made. However, it is the belief of SKN PULSE that any announcement that would be made in the future would certainly be challenged as the closure of the offices and the alleged changing of the locks puts any further processing of information in jeopardy. While information tampering is a far fetched possibility,  the actions undertaken with regards to the Electoral Offices on Saint Kitts and in Nevis highlights that government has acted without processing the ramifications that lies ahead.

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Inaugural Ceremony of The New Cabinet of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

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SKN PULSE,  Sunday 22nd February 2015 – On Sunday 22nd Feburary 2015 thousands of residents made their to Warner Park to witness the swearing in ceremony of the Unity Government that is comprised of the People’s Labour Party, the People’s Action Movement and The Concerned Citizens Movement.

The afternoon’s proceedings which got on the way just after 5.30pm was chaired by Senator in the Nevis Island Administration the Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams who welcomed all which included  the Governor General Sir Edmund Wickham  Lawrence , Judge Madame Justice Marlene Carter , Appeal Court Judge Justice Baptists, Prime Minister of Antigua Honourable Gaston Browne, Deputy Prime Minister of Grenada Honourable Nimrod and other dignitaries from other countries throughout the Caribbean and Mexico.

The Honourable Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris was the first to be sworn in jointly by Madame Justice Carter and Governor General Sir Edmund Wickham Lawrence upon of the completion of his swearing in Prime Minister Harris thanked all for their support especially those who were responsible for Team Unity forming the Government. The Prime Minister then proceeded to name his other cabinet colleagues and their portfolios after which they to were to be sworn in by Justice Madame Marlene Carter and the Governor General Sir Edmund Wickham Lawrence.

The swearing in ceremony climaxed with fireworks.

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The Saint Kitts And Nevis Labour Party and The Nevis Reformation Party Massive Rally In Nevis Draws Huge Support.

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(The Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party Team and The Nevis Reformation Party Team)

As election day looms,  the Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party and The Nevis Reformation Party have reiterated that together they are an unstoppable force. On the eve on Thursday 12th February the Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party and The Nevis Reformation Party held a historic meeting in Charlestown  in close proximity to the Dr. Walwyn Plaza where scores of Nevisians and Kittians alike mingled, listened attentively to their candidates,  pranced and grooved the night away to the party jingles,  Cecile and the Nu Vybes Band.

The historic occasion marked the celebration of the signing of the Contract for Progress for Saint Kitts and Nevis as both parties have outlined their plans for a progressive Saint Kitts and Nevis.

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(Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas and Former Premier Parry holding up the signed Contract for Progress.)

Under a Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party and a Nevis Reformation Party Government The National Health Insurance Scheme,  The Expansion of The Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College,  The Extension of the One to One Laptop Initiative to Grade Five and Six Students in all Primary Schools and The Continuation of the Scholarship Initiatives are programs that would empower the people of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Former Premier of Nevis and Party Leader for the Nevis Reformation Party highlighted that in his tenure in office working along with the Prime Minister and the Minister’s of The Saint and Nevis Labour Party led Government  proved beneficial for Nevis. Financial Support,  the One to One Laptop Initiative,  the introduction of PEP to Nevis and the support and help with projects such as Geothermal and  the Performing Arts Theatre are some of the highlighting points of the existing relationship between The Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party and The Nevis Reformation Party. The Prime Minister reiterated that even though much has been done to push Saint Kitts and Nevis forward there is still a lot more that can be done. He reiterated that his love for Nevis means that The Nevis Reformation Party and Nevisians have a helping hand and thus may call on the Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party at any point in time.

Party Supporters were encouraged to vote overwhelmingly for The Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party and The Nevis Reformation Party on the 16th day of February,  2015. The Polling stations will be opened at 7:00 am and would close at 6:00 pm. The symbol for the Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party is the hand while the symbol for the Nevis Reformation Party is the bottle.

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Twenty-Two Candidates Nominated For General Elections In Saint Kitts And Nevis.

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SKN PULSE,  Saturday 7th February,  2015 – The stage is set for Kittitans and Nevisians alike to elect a new government on Monday 16th, February,  2015.

With the nomination process coming to an end on Friday, Twenty-two candidates have been nominated to contest the February, 16  Federal Election: Six in Nevis and 16 in St. Kitts.

Bearing such in mind,  the nominated candidates are as follows:

Constituency 1 –  Asim Martin       (L)
                                Ian Patches Liburd (P)
Constituency 2 – Marcella Liburd  (L)
                               Jonel Powell       (P)

Constituency 3 – Konris Maynard (L)
                               Sam Condor       (PLP)

Constituency 4 –  Glen Phillip        (L)
                                Lindsay Grant (P)

Constituency 5 –  Norgen Wilson (L)
                                Shawn Richards (P)

Constituency 6 – Dr. Denzil Douglas (L)
                               Vernon Connor       (P)

Constituency 7 – Dr. Vance Gilbert
                                 (Labour)
                               Dr. Timothy Harris
                              (People’s Labour Party)

Constituency 8 – Dr. Terrence Drew
                                  (Labour)
                               Eugene Hamilton (P)
                             
Constituency 9 – Robelto Hector (NRP)
                               Mark Brantley   (CCM)

Constituency 10 – Cory Tyson     (NRP)
                                 Vance Amory (CCM)

Constituency 11 – Patrice Nisbett (NRP)
                                 Alexis Jeffers   (CCM)
L –  Labour
P – Peoples Action Movement
NRP –  Nevis Reformation Party
CCM – Concern Citizens Movement

The House of Assembly was dissolved on January 16 2015 after a Draft Proclamation on the Boundaries Realignment was tabled and passed.

With the realignment of the boundaries both parties have to put in the extra effort to double up on canvassing to swing the undecided voters in their camp. There are eight constituencies on St. Kitts and three on Nevis. During the last general election, held on Jan. 25, 2010, the Labour Party secured six seats on St Kitts and the Concerned Citizens Movement in Nevis secured two seats.

The heat is definitely on!!!!

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