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New St. Kitts and Nevis Cabinet sworn in

Team Unity Cabinet 2015

Team Unity Cabinet 2015

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 22 February 2015 – St. Kitts-Nevis new Prime Minister Dr. Hon. Timothy Harris has announced a nine-member Cabinet of Ministers to administer the affairs of the twin-island Federation.

The new cabinet members took the oath of office before Governor General Sir Edmund Lawrence at a well-attended swearing-in ceremony at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium, Sunday afternoon, 22 February 2015.  The Oaths were administered by Resident Judge, Her Ladyship Justice Marlene Carter. Continue reading

New St. Kitts and Nevis PM sworn into office

Dr. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis

Dr. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Feb 18, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris Wednesday took the oath of office as the new head of government in this twin island federation following Monday’s general election in which Team Unity swept the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) out of office after 20 years.

The swearing in took place today, February 18, at a ceremony held at Government House. Resident Judge Marlene Carter administered the Oath of Allegiance, Office and the Oath of Secrecy, while the Governor General Sir Edmund Lawrence presented the instrument of appointment to Harris.

Harris, 51,told those gathered at the official residence of the Governor General that his elevation to the top post in government ushered in “a  new government of national unity”.

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OAS/EOM in St. Kitts and Nevis Calls on All Actors to Respect the Official Results

kn_election_2015OAS, 17 February 2015 – The Electoral Observation Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) in St. Kitts and Nevis, led by Ambassador Frank Almaguer, would like to congratulate the citizens of the country for their active participation in yesterday’s General Election, reflected in a high voter turnout, and the civil and peaceful exercise of their franchise on Election Day.

The Mission observed that the counting and transmission of results was extremely slow, stemming from a series of procedural difficulties. More than 12 hours after the closing of the polls, there was no information on the outcome of the election, leading to speculation and uncertainty among Kittitians and Nevisians. Continue reading

CARICOM Observer Mission to St. Kitts-Nevis commends the people

kn_election_2015GEORGETOWN, Guyana 17 February 2015 (CARICOM) -The CARICOM Observer Mission has commended the people of St. Kitts and Nevis for their enlightened response to the challenges associated with Monday’s general elections.

The Mission said the maturity of the people’s response resulted in the satisfactory conclusion of all the activities on Elections day.

The commendation was contained in a Statement from the Head of the Mission, issued on Tuesday.

The full text of the statement appears below: Continue reading

Team Unity wins St Kitts and Nevis 2015 general election

kn_election_2015BASSETERRE, St Kitts, 17 February 2015 (CMC, AP) – The Supervisor of Elections, Wingrove George, broke his silence on Tuesday and named Team Unity, an amalgam of three opposition parties as the winner of Monday’s general election in St Kitts-Nevis.

But while George said that Team Unity, led by the 51-year-old economist Dr. Timothy Harris  had won seven of the 11 seats contested in the general election, he gave no figures, saying that they would be provided later on Tuesday night.

The other four seats were won by the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) and the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) that had formed an accommodation to contest the polls in which outgoing Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas was seeking to become the first regional politician to win five consecutive general elections. Continue reading

Team Unity Supporters celebrate ‘Victory’ in SKN 2015 Election

kn_election_2015BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 17 February 2015 (CMC) – Thousands of supporters of the opposition grouping, Team Unity, took to the streets here on Tuesday to celebrate the “victory” of the party despite no official winner in Monday’s general election being announced.

The supporters gathered outside government headquarters in the heart of the capital, calling on the incumbent Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas to concede defeat.

“This is not a calypso show,” Go Denzil”, read some of the placards by the supporters who were watched by heavily armed police officers.

The ruling St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) had entered the election in an accommodation with the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) telling the public it was the best party suited to continue the socio-economic development of the twin-island federation. Continue reading

Election Count halted in St. Kitts and Nevis

kn_election_2015BASSETERRE, St Kitts, 17 February 2015 (CMC) – Almost 12 hours after polling stations closed in Monday’s general elections, the state-owned ZIZ radio announced early Tuesday that there would be no more announcement of election results.

“The count in St. Kitts-Nevis has come to a halt. The Supervisor of Elections has advised that for the rest of this morning in any event, no further public announcement will be made in respect of the count.

“We wait to hear what exactly has transpired in the last hour or so that we had the delay which would have led to us being in this situation,” said the announcer on the state-owned radio and television station. Continue reading

St Kitts and Nevis goes to polls today

kn_election_2015BASSETERRE, St Kitts, 16 February 2015 – The people of St Kitts and Nevis are going to the polls today in what has become one of the most keenly contested in the region.  The February 16 poll is being contested the incumbent St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) and a coalition of opposition parties known as Team Unity.

Prime Minister, Denzil Douglas, the longest-serving head of state in the Americas, who has ruled the smallest independent nation in the western hemisphere for two virtually unchallenged decades, faces the first serious threat of his long reign when voters in St. Kitts and Nevis go to the polls Monday.

Polling stations will open at 7 a.m. and remain open until 6 p.m. local time. Continue reading

123 polling stations will be open on Election Day

kn_election_2015BASSATERRE, St. Kitts and Nevis, 10 February 2015 (CUOPM) – Persons who were registered after 30 November 2014 will not be eligible to vote in the 16 February 2015 general elections.

“When a writ is issued between the publication of the last revised monthly list and any other revised monthly list, the last revised monthly list shall be used for the purpose of the conduct of the poll, which essentially translates to mean that any person who registered after 30 November 2014, will not be eligible to vote in the 16 February General Elections,” said Supervisor of Elections, Mr. Wingrove George in a nationwide address.

He called on persons to examine the register of voters to make sure that their names are listed before going to the poll. Continue reading

OAS To Monitor Elections In Saint Kitts and Nevis

Jacinth Henry-Martin, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Saint Kitts and Nevis to the OAS with José Miguel Insulza, OAS Secretary General – Credit: Juan Manuel Herrera/OAS

Jacinth Henry-Martin, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Saint Kitts and Nevis to the OAS with José Miguel Insulza, OAS Secretary General

WASHINGTON, DC, 9 February 2015 (OAS) – The Organization of American States (OAS) will send an Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the general elections in Saint Kitts and Nevis to be held on February 16, according to the agreement signed today between the Pan-American institution and the government of the Caribbean country at the Organization’s headquarters in Washington, DC. Continue reading

St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party releases 2015 Manifesto

sknlp_manifesto_2015BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 8 February 2015 (CUOPM) — St. Kitts and Nevis dubbed “the bright spot in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) is ready to be taken to next level by the governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Government.

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, in a message in the 2015 Manifesto, which outlines the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party’s plans and programmes for the next five years said the electorate have much to be proud of.

“Our hard work over the last five years has made us a leading nation in the Caribbean. Now we can look to a bigger and brighter future – a future of green energy, technological innovation, world-class education and healthcare, and diverse employment opportunities for our entire population,” said Prime Minister Douglas.

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St Kiits and Nevis 2015 Election Candidates

kn_election_2015BASSETERR, St. Kitts and Nevis, 6 February 2015 (CMC, WINN)  – Friday 6 February 2015 was Nomination Day in St. Kitts and Nevis for the 16 February 2015 general election. As nominations closed Friday, 22 candidates have been nominated to contest the 2015 general election.

The ruling St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) fielded eight candidates to the People’s Action Movement’s (PAM) six, while the People’s Labour Party (PLP) nominated two. On the island of Nevis, the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) and the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) each put three candidates forward.

The ruling party, led by Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas and his seven candidates, held two large rallies for supporters on nomination day. Dr. Douglas, 62, is currently serving his fourth term as Prime Minister of the twin island federation. Continue reading

Returning Officers named, Places of Nomination announced for SKN 2015 Election

kn_election_2015BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 29 January 2015 (CUOPM) – The Returning Officers and Places of Nomination have been announced by the Electoral Office.

In a statement the Electoral Office notified the general public that following the Writs of Elections by His Excellency Sir Edmund Wickham Lawrence, Governor-General, for the Election of Members of the National Assembly to be held on Monday, 16 February 2015, notices concerning the Nomination of Candidates have been published by the Returning Officers for the eleven (11) Electoral Constituencies in accordance with the provisions of Section 59 (1) of the National Assembly Elections Act, Cap.2.01

The Notices of Nominations set Friday, 6 February 2015 as the day for nomination of candidates. Continue reading

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