by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The 2022 Nevis Island Assembly Elections on Monday, December 12 is the most consequential since 1980 and could possibly defy political history on Nevis.
There could be a complete paradigm shift if the electorate on Nevis chooses the Nevis Reformation Party with its four female-one male representation over the Concerned Citizens Movement’s four male-one female representation; especially considering the political landscape of Nevis over the years which has been predominantly led by men.
Five Parliamentary seats are up for grabs as Miss Jaedee Caines of the NRP seeks to win the hearts of the electorate in Constituency 1 St.Pauls Parish to beat the incumbent Hon. Spencer Brand of the CCM.
Dr. Patricia Bartlette of the NRP and Mr. Samuel Caines of the MRM will try to better CCM’s leader Hon. Mark Brantley as representative for the people of Constituency 2 St John’s Parish.
In Constituency Number 3 St. George’s Parish Gingerland where the CCM has for many years been the dominant party, Hon. Eric Evelyn seeks to hold on as representative, whilst Mr. Rohan Isles of the NRP hopes that his message resonates with the electorate there.
NRP’s leader- Dr. Janice Daniel-Hodge and MRM’s Candidate Mrs. Patricia Jeffers will face off against CCM’s Deputy leader Hon. Alexis Jeffers to be the next parliamentary representative for Constituency Number 4 St. James Parish.
The youngest candidate in the electoral race, Miss Latoya Jones of the CCM seeks to dethrone NRP’s Deputy leader Hon. Cleone Stapleton Simmonds in Constituency Number 5 St. Thomas’ Parish, which is historically an NRP stronghold.
For weeks leading up to the December 12 elections the political parties have been on the campaign trail. The MRM has been trying to assure the people that a win for them will bring back decency and order to the island. The NRP in sharing its plans, suggest that under their leadership their developmental goals for the island will be pursued and achieved; and the CCM too has been reminding the electorate of its record and disclosing its further plans.
Several hot button issues took central focus on the campaign trail including the state of affairs at the Vance W International Airport, the Alexandra Hospital Expansion Project, the Mundo Track, the Water Taxi Facility at Oualie, the Geothermal Project for Nevis, inflation, voting and election Issues.
The CCM held majority representation up until the dissolution of the House of Parliament on Friday, November 25.
In the upcoming election, the NRP needs at least three seats to flip control of the chamber. In addition, NRP’s leader Dr. Janice Daniel-Hodge could create history as first female Premier of Nevis if she and her party are successful at the polls.
WINN FM in conversation with approximately 20 individuals, received feedback that about three constituencies will be battlegrounds; Constituency Number 1, Constituency Number 4 and Constituency Number 5.