By Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Political Scientist Mr. Peter Wickham’s projection of the general elections in St. Kitts and Nevis has prompted responses from political parties in the country.
Speaking with WINN FM on Friday, July 22, 2022, Mr. Craig Tuckett, Director of Communication for the People’s Labour Party (PLP) expressed confidence that the PLP will remain in office with Dr. Timothy Harris as prime minister.
“We know that the secure future that has been promised will be attained and is going to be attained as of August 06, 2022…so if people who chose science and experience can see the writing on the wall, I think the people of St. Kitts and Nevis already know what they will do on election day.”
Mr. Wickham, in an interview on ABS Television, commented on the upcoming general elections. He said the race on St. Kitts will be between the St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party led by Dr. Terrance Drew, and the People’s Labour Party of Dr. Harris.
PLP took full charge of the government when its party leader Dr. Harris, the country’s prime minister, fired six ministers from his Team Unity Cabinet, sparing Eugene Hamilton, who later announced that he will not seek reelection on a People’s Action Movement (PAM) ticket.
Health Minister Akilah Byron-Nisbet, PLP’s Deputy Leader; Attorney General Vincent Byron Jr. and Senator Wendy Phipps also remain in Cabinet.
PAM, in a statement issued Friday, reacted to Mr. Wickham’s projection.
“Voters have expressed their satisfaction with the positive style of campaigning that PAM has undertaken as their candidates focus on the programs and policies that will guide their vision for the country.
PAM explained that their confidence in victory is not only influenced by the positive responses and interactions with voters across all 8 constituencies in St. Kitts, but also by credible scientific polling. PAM, which held 4 seats in the last parliament, is still on course to retain those constituencies and will be successful in others.”
The statement further said, “in examining that pundit’s recent tainted record, the inaccuracies in his predictions were glaring, misleading, and seemingly not in tune with the reality that was on the ground in those countries.”
The St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party declined to comment on Mr. Wickham’s projection.