St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – It is election day in St. Kitts and Nevis, and the turnout, as reported by the staff of WINN, fluctuates depending on the Constituency.
The polls opened at 7 a.m., and polling agents at various stations had differing descriptions of the voter turnout.
At the Newtown Ground Primary School in Constituency No 6, a polling agent described how the turnout for the morning was so far.
A polling agent at the container polling station in Sandy Point said voter turnout was slow but expected to pick up later in the day.
A polling agent at the new Sandy Point Recreation Ground in Constituency No 5 described the turnout as overwhelming but said there were no issues.
In Dieppe Bay, the polling station is listed as the Police station, but according to the electoral officer at the station, voting is taking place at the Dieppe Bay Primary School.
She described the events of the day so far.
Regarding the voters, WINN spoke with a few people from several polling stations across the Federation.
Two voters in Constituency No 5 said their experience was a good one.
At the new Sandy Point Recreation Ground in Constituency No 5, the line of voters was quite long.
A first-time voter in that line told WINN that she was very excited to vote.
A voter at the Dieppe Bay Primary School said the turnout at the time of voting in this election was comparatively lower than in the 2020 election.
One voter told WINN that his voting experience was ‘horrible’ and explained his experience at the Tucker Clarke Primary School in Constituency No 1.
“My experience in voting in this 2022 election is very much horrible. I find that in 2022 we are just moving backwards in the process of voting. Last election we had here at Pond’s Pasture, Tucker Clarke Primary School. We had three booths last election in this room so that we could have multiple persons going at the same time. This year it’s one. The [election] before we had must be about six or seven booths.”
The voter indicated that he finished the voting process at around noon.
He explained that the voting process should be seamless considering the access to technology the country should have.
“Voting should be a seamless, easy process; and [it’s not to say there are] a thousand plus voters per polling station… and we are not all coming at one time… So I do not understand why the voting process has to be so slow at some stations and fast [at] others. There should be one consistent pace everywhere.”
The Political Leader of the St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party, Dr Terrance Drew, was asked about electronic voting and said he was in favour of that move.
Dr Drew made those remarks to the media after voting at the St. Peter’s Primary School in his constituency, No 8.
Dr Timothy Harris, Political Leader of the Peoples Labour Party, was also spotted in No 8. Speaking with the media indicated that he had been visiting different constituencies around St. Kitts and was pleased with the process thus far.
On Nevis, reports from the news team have indicated that the turnout has been slow during the morning of the election, but it is anticipated that turnout would increase at the end of the day.
WINN’s Devonne Cornelious provided this report.
WINN spoke to Moral Restoration Movement’s (MRM) Candidate for Nevis 11, Patricia Mills-Jeffers, who said she was confident of a win in her constituency.