by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – The People’s Action Movement continues with its truncated launch of candidates for the upcoming general election.
Troy Flanders, a local contractor of T&G Construction from the community of Saddlers, was named the candidate representing PAM in Constituency No. 6 on June 15 at Willett’s Great House in St. Pauls.
According to the leader of PAM, Shawn Richards, Flanders has been an Executive Member of the People’s Action Movement for several years representing Constituency No. 6 and called him one of his party’s critics.
“Those who attend executive meetings would tell you that Troy is one of the fiercest critics at our executive meetings. If I go to a meeting and Troy is quiet, I have to ask him, “Troy, something wrong with you tonight?” Because sometimes, I think that Troy decides to oppose almost every single thing that is being discussed. He, however, doesn’t oppose in a negative manner. He opposes so that you can see a different picture, a different side of the equation. Troy is a man who would come and argue, “you had that in this constituency; when is Constituency No. 6 turn?” said Richards.
In his remarks, Flanders expressed why he threw his hat in the ring as a candidate for the PAM, including the need for infrastructure enhancements, unemployment issues and agriculture and fisheries development in No. 6.
“As I go around talking to the fine residents of Constituency No. 6, it is clear that they demand better representation from their representative. They are rich with ideas [about] how to develop this community from Newton Ground to Harris Village… look at Parson’s Ground, one of the smallest villages in St. Kitts with a relatively high youth population, yet a large number of them are either unemployed or underemployed. I know I feel it I [am] between them. We go to Dieppe Bay, one of the premier fishing villages in St. Kitts, but yet look at the condition of the Dieppe Bay Fishing Complex.”
PAM’s final candidate for Constituency No. 7 will be launched on Friday, June 17.
An election date has yet to be called, despite churches and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) urging Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris to name a date and warning that a code of conduct should be implemented to prevent society from being plunged into “election-induced chaos”, the campaign trail for all parties involved is in full swing.
In response to the letter to the Prime Minister, PAM shared a statement on June 15 expressing support for the churches and NGOs.
The statement reads, “ The coalition of NGOs representing the church, the business community and the legal fraternity [have] reminded the Nation of what behaviour is acceptable during this period in our history when our country has been plunged [into] political uncertainty due to the insatiable lust for power of [one] man and his ongoing charade of purporting to run the country with just [three] of 11 elected representatives.”
The statement ends by urging people to remain calm throughout the election process.
The People’s Labour Party is expected to officially launch all eight candidates for the party on June 18. Many observers and social commentators are anticipating the announcement of the election date after PLP’s launch.