By Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Elections for the Nevis Island Assembly are looming and Premier of Nevis and Leader of the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM), Hon. Mark Brantley, says that there are “certain forces” at work to assist the opposition Nevis Reformation Party (NRP).
Speaking on WINN FM’s popular ‘Island Tea’ morning show recently, Premier Brantley said:
“We are well aware that certain forces are at work in relation to our local politics in Nevis…and so my public statement was intended to say to those ‘thieves in the crowd’, we know who you are and we know what you are up to and I would suggest you cease and desist…and if those are going to align themselves with the opposition in Nevis, then we’re running against them as well, it’s as simple as that.”
Premier Brantley echoed similar comments while speaking on his ‘On the Mark’ show on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.
“I hear the NRP is seeking assistance in all kinds of places. I am to say to my brothers and sisters on St. Kitts that if you all have money to waste then give it to NRP but if I were you I would say stay out of Nevis politics because you don’t understand it,” he said.
Meanwhile, Leader of the NRP, Dr. Janice Daniel-Hodge, took to social media, following Brantley’s comments.
Dr. Daniel-Hodge said: “A man who has been meddling in St. Kitts politics for almost 20 years, all of a sudden sounds the alarm that Kittitians do not understand Nevis politics. The CCM administration should also sound the alarm that they themselves do not understand Nevis politics!”
The Nevis Island Assembly election is constitutionally due in March of 2023 but Premier Brantley signaled that it may come sooner than expected.
Brantley’s CCM won four of the five seats in the Nevis Island Assembly election held on December 18, 2017. The NRP retained its stronghold; the St. Thomas’ Constituency.