By Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The coalition of non-governmental organizations in St. Kitts and Nevis has issued a statement concerning the defacing of public areas and historical structures by political party activists.
The statement said “the coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations in St Kitts and Nevis is concerned that political party activists are defacing public areas and historical structures throughout the Federation in recent days and weeks, particularly with the use of paint representing political party colours.
In recent weeks, videos and photos making the rounds on social media show people painting historical landmarks and public spaces with the colours orange, red and yellow on St. Kitts.
The NGOs further expressed concern “that political party activists are defacing and destroying the campaign posters and billboards of opposing political parties.”
“We implore the leaders of each political party in St Kitts and Nevis, who have openly and proudly executed the Code of Conduct for the Political Process, to publicly and privately denounce such behaviours and discourage your supporters from taking such childish and vandalistic actions. Paint applied by political party activists in public areas and on historical structures should be removed immediately.
We also take this opportunity to implore all election officials and persons with governmental power to ensure that electoral regulations are fully observed and not circumvented.
May peace, maturity, decency, democracy and fairness reign over our proud twin-island Federation the next few weeks leading up to the general election and continuously thereafter,” the statement further stated.
Elections are expected to be held before August 08, 2022, following the dissolution of Parliament on May 10. National Assembly Elections were last held in June 2020.