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Political parties urged to adhere to Code of Conduct for the Political Process

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By Devonne Cornelius

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Christian Council, the Evangelical Association, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and the Bar Association in St. Kitts and Nevis are urging candidates, their associates, and supporters to adhere to the Code of Conduct for the Political Process as National Assembly Elections are expected to be called in the coming weeks. 

“Candidates in any General Election need to justify their suitability by presenting proposals for the betterment of St. Kitts and Nevis, its people and land, and its interaction with the Caribbean region and the world.

The emphasis should be on issues rather than personalities. Candidates must also avoid defamation of character of their opponents, their families, and supporters. No abusive attacks or innuendos should be directed at campaigners or their family members for reasons of their race, social origins, background, education, gender, religion, or any other reason.

Candidates must seek to be truthful about the past and present socio-economic state of St. Kitts and Nevis. Candidates must avoid raising unfulfillable expectations and making unrealistic promises. Care must be taken not to incite sectional hostility or violence.”

The non-governmental and faith-based organizations on June 8, 2022, issued a reminder to the country of the Code of Conduct for the Political Process which was originally issued in 1993 and revised in 1995, 2009, and 2015. 

The Code of Conduct for the Political Process encourages political parties to demonstrate maturity and foster unity among the people. Political parties who do not form the government should appeal to the nation, via the media, to respect and acknowledge the government formed by the due process of the Constitution. 

“Campaign slogans and the like, affixed to walls, poles, should be such as are easily removable when campaigning ends. Special care should be taken to avoid defacing historic sites. No one shall prevent the distribution of leaflets, and the display of posters, of other parties and candidates; and shall not deface or destroy the posters of others. 

Electoral regulations should be observed and not circumvented. Every person entitled to vote must be able to do so freely. Victimization of persons, interference with employment rights, intimidation, bribery, and enticement with favours are gravely wrong. People are entitled to express their political views without fear of persecution or victimization.”

Political parties and their associates should respect the freedom of the press, avoid language that is abusive, indecent, or inflammatory, and refrain from the bribery of voters as it is a criminal offence.

 

MAKANA FERRY SCHEDULE

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