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No date set yet for local election on Nevis; CCM leader questions recent NRP protest action

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by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – The local elections in Nevis are constitutionally due by March 2023, and the electorate awaits the official announcement of the election date from the Premier of Nevis.

A reporter during Premier Hon. Mark Brantley’s press conference suggested that word on the street dictates there will be a December election and asked Brantley if a date had been decided on as yet.

The Premier’s response, “In terms of an election date… I am praying about it. We will see how that goes.”

Campaigning is in full swing; the Concerned Citizen’s Movement (CCM) has launched a new candidate in Latoya Biyanca Jones, Deputy Speaker in the National Assembly.

The Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) launched their full slate of candidate for the local election last year and have been appearing on various talk show of the local media on the campaign trail.

Most recently, the NRP and its supporters took to the streets of Charlestown on November 11 in peaceful protest and rally demanding better for the people of Nevis. Their demands – a free and fair election, resolution to their concerns that the past supervisor of elections, Elvin Bailey, is involved in the electoral process even with the appointment of a new supervisor in Oaklyn Peets, better management of the Nevis economy, affordable cost of living, completion of the Alexandra Hospital Expansion Project and job opportunities for Nevisians.

The Premier said he was uncertain as to what the NRP was protesting.

“For them to lead a march against electoral irregularities is really farcical; it’s a joke – it really has to be a joke. And for Hensley to be in the front of the march, it just tells you that they’re not serious at all… We don’t see any electoral difficulties… We wish Mr Peets all the best, and whatever assistance Mr Bailey can give to him, in terms of guiding him as the new Supervisor of Elections, we think that that’s welcomed and a good idea.”

Brantley went on to suggest that the issues brought up at the protest were not real issues.

“No real issues. They had issues such as fuel surcharge as a big issue, we have solved that. Employment and unemployment, we’re working on that. Crime is down, thank God. So what really are the issues? They’re not coming with a plan, and so what they’ve taken to now is vilifying everybody.”

Concerning Elvin Bailey, the Premier said there is no question who the Supervisor of Elections is and criticised the NRP’s concern over Bailey.

“They’re now attacking Elvin Bailey. Mr Bailey has resigned [from] his position as Supervisor of Elections. Because an election is imminent, we understand that Mr Peets, the new Supervisor of Elections, could not possibly be able to handle an election if it were to happen tomorrow, and so Mr Bailey, I’m told, was asked to assist Mr Peets. There’s no doubt who the Supervisor of Elections is; it is Mr Peets – he’s been appointed. The Prime Minister consulted with me as required under the Constitution, and Mr Peets was appointed. I don’t know Mr Peets, but I wish him all the very best. Mr Bailey has been asked simply to be someone to provide some assistance because Mr Bailey has experience. He not only has experience here, he has been part of electoral missions dispatched to other countries to observe elections. Mr Bailey has lived an unblemished life on this island.”

Heading into the local election on Nevis, the incumbent currently CCM has complete control of the NIA, with the main opposition, the NRP, and the recently established party, the Moral Restoration Movement vying for control of the NIA.

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