by Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The opposition St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party has commenced its candidate selection process and says it is “re-energized and revitalized” as they ready themselves for the general election constitutionally due in 2025.
In a statement on the party’s Facebook page on Wednesday (August 11), the 89-year old political movement said “each branch will put forward interested applicants from within its respective constituency that expressed a desire to represent their democratic rights as well as their community and personal ambitions.”
“Persons are also welcomed to apply for candidacy independently,” the statement read. The application process began at the end of July and will close on Saturday, August 14, 2021.
The SKNLP said they will begin the leadership transition in November of this year when the party hosts its annual National Conference to elect national executive members.
In the 2015 general election, the Labour party’s 20-year reign came to an end when the three-party coalition Team Unity won seven of the eleven parliamentary seats in the St. Kitts Nevis National Assembly.
The Labour party, again in the 2020 general election, lost to Team Unity which is headed by Dr. Timothy Harris, a former senior government minister in the Dr. Denzil Douglas-led Labour administration. The Labour party now holds two of the eleven seats including opposition leader, Dr. Denzil Douglas.
The Team Unity alliance comprises the People’s Action Movement, the Concerned Citizens Movement and the People’s Labour party.