In an exclusive interview with MiyVue.com, Amory said that the political party have been in preparation since 2010 for the general elections that is constitutionally due by July, 2011.
“We are in a 90 percent state of readiness because we have been preparing for it since last year. The candidates are ready and we’ve been doing our checks with the list. I think you are aware that we have some issues with the electoral office and the way they have been conducting the matter of having people registered. In terms of our campaign we are on track and I think if elections were to be called tomorrow, we would be ready.”
Going into the elections, the opposition leader revealed that there are a few key issues that the CCM intends to address. He further noted that upon release of their manifesto, the proposed plans to deal with those issues will be revealed.
“Some of the key issues going into this election have to do with crime, job creation and investment. We have to look into investments to create jobs to get the economy back on track. I think that in Nevis our economy is much more heavily impacted than in St. Kitts even with the re-opening of the Four Seasons Resort. We want to look at new foreign investments as well as encourage local investors as we have done in the past while we were in government.
“There are already some ongoing and proposed investments under the present administration but once elected we will review those investments and if needs be continue with them. We would not deny any opportunity that will result in a positive outcome for the economic development of Nevis,” he added.
The Concern Citizen Movement was voted from office in 2006 after a 14-year reign at the helm of the local government.
When asked by MiyVue.com if the CCM is now better positioned to manage the affairs of Nevis, Amory responded, “Indeed we are.”
“I think we did a good job. I think we created an infrastructure transformation of Nevis that was unprecedented. We have that experience and that blend of experience and the ability to manage and promote Nevis. Tourism has suffered very seriously in recent times and one of our main thrust is to reactivate and create some new dynamics in the promotion of the Tourism Market in Nevis. I think that was left to almost wither and die. I think we have the expertise, experience and capacity to put Nevis back on track.”
Amory also stated that his party will be contesting all 5 seats and is confident that the people of Nevis will make the right choice on Election Day based on the CCM’s proposed plans for the advancement of the island.
“I do not believe that persons should enter a race with fear. You enter a race to compete and expecting to be victorious. There are people that are displeased with what is happening in Nevis now. They may not like some of our policies but we give them a fair chance of making that chance of what they knew was a good government and what they are seeing now and what we will bring to the table when we put forward out manifesto.
“I think that people will make their decision based on what we will present to them, but also they will be comparing where they are now and if they are in a better position than they were,” the former Premier told MiyVue.com.