By: Clive Bacchus
St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Opposition St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) is warning that it will not accept discrimination of its supporters, including those resident abroad, who may wish to vote in the Friday, June 5 general elections.
Leader of the SKNLP Dr. Denzil Douglas in making that statement suggested that the government might attempt to gain political advantage by restricting who is allowed to come home and vote.
“If people from outside are going to come home as citizens, which they have a right to do, and they exercise their right to vote for Team Unity, so too must citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis who would have come home, and who would want to exercise their right to vote for the Labour candidates, they too must be allowed to exercise that franchise, and thus, vote for the candidate of their choice, ” declared Dr. Douglas. “So, we feel very strongly and we want to say it here that we will not accept any attempt by this government to discriminate against Labour party supporters,” he concluded Monday( May 18) at a press conference organised by his political party.
At the moment borders here remain closed to commercial flights but the general manager of the Sir Robert L Bradshaw International Airport, Elsworth Warner said “approved” flights were allowed.
“Flights are now limited to specially pre-approved passenger flights …” he said at a recent briefing of the COVID-19 National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC).
“Some non-nationals have been allowed to leave the country on flights that they arranged,” Warner added, ” … we have also seen a few arrivals of some of our own persons, this has been going on for quite a while, and will still go on, as long as the appropriate application is made.”