Basseterre, Tuesday, 19th May, 2020, (MyVue News.com) – They have been getting ready since late 2019, when some thought that the ruling coalition government was preparing itself to call the election. But now, after waiting a little bit longer, the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party says that they are ready to hit the election road.
Reacting to the official announcement on Monday, by Prime Minister, Dr. Timothy Harris, that the poll will be held on June 5th, Labour Leader, Dr. Denzil Douglas, said that his organization, “…is very excited that Timothy Harris has finally announced the date for the General Election, …and that it, (the Party), is prepared, enthusiastic and it is fully mobilized to contest the election within the bounds of the rule of law.”
Douglas, whose party will be contesting eight, (8), of the eleven seats in the National Assembly, added that he is hopeful that the election will be conducted in a manner that is free and fair and free from fear, for all participating parties.
When the last poll was held five years ago in 2015, Douglas’ party secured three seats, which was a drop from the six, (6), Labour enjoyed going into that contest.
He has, on numerous occasions, predicted that his Party stands a great chance of being returned to the helm of government and that the Party has taken steps to rebrand its image, now styling itself as the NextGenSKN Labour Party.
It was a similar Public Relations strategy that he used when he led Labour into the 1993 elections, calling itself then, “New Labour”. It worked, mostly, with his team capturing four seats, up from the two they had between 1984-1993. The former Prime Minister is hoping that his fortunes from then, will return for the 2020 election.
Douglas gave the assurance in his rebuttal to the PM’s announcement, that his Party’s machinery is organized, ” It is well oiled and it is running on all cylinders.”
While suggesting that the incumbent parties are not ready, his Labour team is confident that citizens and residents have had an opportunity to compare and contrast, and have determined that over the last five years, the country has been moving in the wrong direction.
The governing coalition, on the other hand, has been promoting, as part of its core messages, that the country is moving in the right direction.
The mandate now, is left up to the 30,000+ voters who are likely to exercise their franchise, once the candidates are formally nominated on Wednesday, 27th May 2020.
Photo: Leader of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, Dr. Denzil Douglas. (Photo- courtesy Keeth France)