by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): As the day of General Elections, August 5, draws near, the Supervisor of Elections in St. Kitts & Nevis, Mr Elvin Bailey, issued a statement to the nation with updates from the electoral office.
The supervisor shared the names of the Returning officers for each constituency, “There are 11 electoral constituencies, and for each constituency or returning officer has been appointed as follows Constituency No 1 Jamaine Lake, Constituency No 2 Reese Percival, Constituency No 3 Melvorn Bassue, Constituency No 4 Miguel Thomas, Constituency No 5 William Vincent Hodge, Constituency No 6 Edwin Warner, Constituency No 7 Joycelyn Archibald Pennyfeather, Constituency No 8 Philip Brown, Constituency No 9 Trecia Williams, Constituency No 10 Kayno David, Constituency No 11 Ermileta Elliott. We are confident that these officers will execute their duties professionally. They will be at the nomination sites from 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to receive nominations as stipulated by law.”
Additionally, he announced the nomination sites for all nominated persons to be nominated on nomination day, July 26.
“Nominations for duly qualified candidates to contest this election will take place at the following places between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and [from] 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and will each be attended by a returning officer. The nomination sites are Constituency No 1 Police Training School, Constituency No 2 MacKnight Community Center, Constituency No 3 St. Johnsons Community Center, Constituency No 4 Old Road Community Center, Constituency No 5 Sandy Point Community Center, Constituency No 6 Dieppe Bay Police Station, Constituency No 7 Tabernacle Police Station, Constituency No 8 St Peter’s Community Center, Constituency No 9 Magistrates Court Charlestown, Constituency No 10 David Freeman Center of Excellence Gingerland, Constituency No 11 Newcastle Police Station.”
According to Bailey, candidates must be nominated by at least two registered voters of the constituency the nominees represent.
A point of contention recently has been the list of registered voters, where there has been some back and forth between Bailey and scrutineer Larry Vaughn. Bailey said the register of voters and polling stations for election day would be made public shortly.
Mr Bailey concluded his statement by briefly outlining some of the regulations expected to be followed on election day.
“Voters are asked to pay special attention to the instructions of the electoral officers, in particular to those of the presiding officers and the conditions under which one’s vote will be inserted into the ballot box. The law allows for persons who, other than the electoral officers and agents, to be allowed in the polling stations. Candidates are allowed to be present, but they are not allowed to spend more than five minutes together with their agent. The candidate is not allowed to wander into any and all polling stations, only to those stations in which he/she is a candidate. I’m asking all candidates to respect this section of the law, as it is written [in section 80 of] the National Assembly Election Act.”
Bailey added, “Presiding Officer will receive all election materials, including ballot boxes, in due course. The ballot boxes will be displayed, inspected and secured before ballots are cast. At the close of the polls, ballots will be sealed and transported to the point of counting under armed guards and in the presence of appointed party agents. To this end, the political parties will be invited to appoint agents to witness all of that goes on in the polling stations, as well as at the count of the votes cast. Your ballots will be counted by the returning officers with the assistance of a designated presiding officer at an appointed place in each constituency.”
See the full statement by the Supervisor of Elections here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VPH77bOcKg.