by Eulana Weekes
St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Social Commentator Duncan “Big Lice” Wattley has expressed his intention to contest the upcoming St Kitts Nevis General Elections as an Independent Candidate. WINN FM confirmed Wattley’s decision on Wednesday morning June 1.
At the end of his weekly Facebook Live Programme on Tuesday night May 31, Wattley stated that he will be contesting the seat for Constituency Number 7, where Prime Minister the Hon Dr. Timothy Harris is the current area representative.
“I am telling you that I am working on that. I am going to Number 7 to run and I am going to ask Labour to vote for me, PAM to vote for me, PLP to vote for me because that’s the only way Number 7 can get representation. Otherwise, if you vote for Timo, you will be out in the cold.
Wattley also shared the logic behind his decision to contest the election, believing that the best representation for Constituency Number 7 will be an Independent Candidate.
“Now down in Number 7, you would realise I focused on the leader, Timothy Harris; and I know people want to say safe seat, but I am going to tell you all something tonight, I have an announcement to make. Labour (St Kitts Nevis Labour Party) cannot win in Number 7. PAM (People’s Action Movement) cannot win in Number 7. Timo (Dr Timothy Harris) has always won in Number 7; but hear this, we already know that nobody will join with Timo, so I am asking the people of Number 7, “Why would you want to waste your vote and vote for Timothy Harris if you know he will not be able to form Government?” Think about it. We know PAM will not vote for Labour or Timo. PAM can’t win. Labour will not vote for PAM or Timo, Labour can’t win. Now I am saying, as I have said before, we need an Independent Candidate down there(Number 7) and an Independent Candidate who everybody will vote for and who is willing to join with somebody else so that you can have good representation in Number 7; and so I am working on that.”
The Social Commentator told the online audience that he will not be doing house to house campaigning. He said he has no funds and will instead campaign on his usual Facebook Live. Despite the challenges, Wattley said that his name will be on the ballot. Wattley added that the fork is his symbol and his slogan is, “I am coming to fork up the land down in Number 7.”
Wattley believes that as an Independent Candidate, who wins his seat he has a better chance to be accepted by either the St Kitts Nevis Labour Party or the People’s Action Movement, whichever political party forms the Government.
The Social Commentator has been publicly expressing his disappointment in the leadership of Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris; sharing his personal view that Dr. Harris is not fit to lead the country.