by Eulana Weekes
St.Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Supervisor of Elections, Mr. Elvin Bailey has confirmed that two independent candidates will be contesting seats in the upcoming National Assembly Elections in St. Kitts and Nevis.
The independent candidates are John “Ras Kalonji” Jeffers and Carlton Dupont. According to Bailey, Jeffers will be contesting the August 05 elections in Constituency Number 2 (Central Basseterre) for the United Liamuigan Party. He will be contesting the seat against Nubian Greaux of the People’s Labour Party, the incumbent, Jonel Powell of the People’s Action Movement, and Marsha Henderson of the St.Kitts-Nevis Labour Party.
Carlton Dupont will be contesting the seat for Constituency Number 6, which includes the areas of Newton Ground, St. Paul’s, Dieppe Bay, and Saddlers. He will be running against the incumbent Dr. Denzil Douglas of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, Marc Williams of the People’s Labour Party, and Troy Flanders of the People’s Action Movement.
Additionally, the Supervisor of Elections told WINN FM on Friday (July 29) that he has not yet assigned a symbol to the Independent Candidates. Samuel Caines of the Moral Restoration Movement on Nevis has also indicated that though his party was launched over a year ago, he is yet to have a symbol officially assigned to him. Caines told WINN FM that unofficially the symbol for his party is the spade, based on a previous dialogue between himself and the Supervisor of Elections. He also said that he and fellow candidate, Patricia Mills-Jeffers have notified the public whilst campaigning that the party’s symbol is the spade, even though the symbol has not been officially assigned to the Moral Restoration Movement.
Caines expressed his displeasure in the situation, questioning how can candidates effectively communicate with the populus when less than ten days before the General elections there is no official confirmation about their symbol. Caines however said he cannot be absolutely sure about the spade since the Supervisor of Elections has not given confirmation; but he is hoping that the symbol will remain as the spade when the official notice is given.
Meanwhile, Bailey said though he has not officially assigned symbols to the individuals and parties in waiting, that does not affect the printing of ballots. The Supervisor of Elections explained that there is a period of three days after Nomination Day in which one can withdraw their candidacy, which ended on Friday, July 29. He said, hopefully, ballots will begin to be printed by Monday, August 1, Emancipation Day; as that day and Tuesday, August 02, though public holidays, will not see the closure of the Electoral Offices in the Federation.