by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Premier of Nevis, Hon. Mark Brantley announced that the Nevis Island Assembly elections would be held on December 12.
Premier Brantley, leader of the incumbent Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM), made the announcement during a 20-minute address to the nation on November 24 where he outlined the work done during his administration’s run.
“Against this backdrop of performance touching every single sector of our society and quality leadership that our island has enjoyed, I have today advised His Excellency the Governor-General [Sir S. Tapley Seaton] after consultation with the Honourable Prime Minister [Dr. Terrance Drew] that the Nevis Island Assembly should be dissolved as of Friday, the 25th day of November, 2022. Nomination Day for the election of representatives to the Nevis Island Assembly shall be Monday, December 05, 2022. Election Day on the island of Nevis shall be Monday, December 12, 2022.”
Brnatley continued, “In this election, you will have a clear choice between a solid record of performance of your CCM in government and the promises being made by the other side. I believe that our record has been an exceptional one despite the grave challenges. I commit this CCM Party to waging a campaign of ideas and of hope, rather than a campaign of vilification and vitriol. I urge you brothers and sisters to engage in the process, to listen to the issues, and to make your vote count for the continued development and advancement of this land called Nevis that we are all privileged to call our home.”
Nomination Day is December 5, and the Nevis Island Assembly will be dissolved effective November 25.
In reaction to the announcement Dr Janice Daniel-Hodge, leader of the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) took to Facebook where she brought up the letter from the Evangelical Association and Christian Council asking that elections not be held in December.
The NRP leader wrote, “It is disgraceful to observe how the plea of the Evangelical Association and Christian Council [was] dismissed, again. We cannot change the date that has been set aside to bring families together to celebrate Christmas. I can assure you today, that as Premier of Nevis, no local elections would be held in the month of December! I do care and I do have respect for the wishes of others.”
Three parties are vying for five seats on Nevis and control of the Nevis Island Assembly – the Concerned Citizens Movement, the main opposition in the Nevis Reformation Party and the newest party on the island, the Moral Restoration Movement.