Election bell rung, St Kitts-Nevis returning to the polls on August 5

By Rumi Samuel Published on July 19, 2022
Election bell rung, St Kitts-Nevis returning to the polls on August 5

The election bell has finally been rung. Saint Kitts and Nevis will return to the polls on August 5.

Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris announced a PLP rally on Sunday night.

"They have been spreading propaganda that Dr Harris is looking for 90 more days; tell them mi nuh need that. I have the love and support of the people. I am the people's champion, and the people are my champions. They will give me five more years, so when I get five years, why will I ask for 90 days? Nuh makes no sense..." he said.

Saint Kitts and Nevis’s constitution dictate that the general elections should be held up to 90 days after the dissolution of parliament.

PM Harris instructed the Governor General to dissolve the parliament on May 10.

"90 days nuh come yet, wah mek them get on so?" PM Harris asked his supporters.

"Wah make them behave so? Wah makes them march about so? These people are not ready for prime time; the bell will only be rung when I am ready. When I am ready, it will be rung loud and clear; all you have to wait until the leader until the Prime Minister says it is time to ring. If the race has been too long for you, get out of the race."

PM Harris told the people of Saint Kitts and Nevis they had a critical choice.

"It is time for us to move forward with this strong and united People's Labour Party government. It is time for you to decide... PAM and Labour were good for a while, then they went out of style, and we are not going back to Douglas; we are not going back to PAM. We are not going back to victimisation. Only one party, big enough, broad enough to welcome all, and one party can truly say there will be no victimisation. Only one party can ensure stability. So, Saint Kitts and Nevis, I say thank you for the opportunity to observe you over the last seven years as your best Prime Minister, your best leader. Thank you for all I was able to do in your name. And so with a heart of gratitude, I now, in the name of democracy, in the name  of the people of Saint Kitts and Nevis, declare the date, the big date for the re-election of the People's Labour Party."

This general election comes just two years into the Prime Ministers second term in office.

After months of infighting among members of the then Team Unity Administration, attempts to address the issues internally and arrive at a mutually satisfying resolution proved futile.

Six government members wrote to the Governor General asking that Pm Harris be removed from office. The Governor General responded by saying he did not have the power to approve their request.

After this, PM Harris fired the six dissenters and announced the dissolution of parliament.

Saint Kitts and Nevis will vote for a new leader on August 5.

The nomination day is July 26th.

Rumi Samuel

Rumi Samuel

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