CCM to Solicit Assistance from Electoral Commission

“We are charging that…there is a conspiracy in high places; those are my words and that can be interpreted in whatever way. I do believe that there is collusion in the way the electoral system is being run. Sadly it ought not to be that way and I am very heartened to say to you…that I believe there is a body called the Electoral Commission which I believe we have not utilised sufficiently or not utilised at all in seeking to redress the complaints in respect of the irregularities which we have been complaining against over the years.

“I think we have just waited for election day to get the Electoral Commission involved and I think that was a mistake because…the Electoral Commission has an important role to play in addition to the Supervisor of Election who, in fact, is under the direction of the Electoral Commission.”

The Concerned Citizens Party has lodged official complaints at the level of the Electors Office and at the level of the court concerning irregularities in the electoral list. Amory suggested to that the officers at the Electoral Office are “biased” and that his party would be, in the future, soliciting the assistance of the Electoral Commission.

“I have decided in the last couple of weeks that we will not make our appeals from the registration officers who we are convinced and have reason to believe are biased in their approach in dealing with matters brought … in respect of irregularities of registration and having people’s names put on or removed from the list. And we’ve been going from the registration officers’ dissatisfaction with that with grounds to the court and missing on important link in the process and that is to appeal from the Registration Officers’, a proper… to the Electoral Commission…

I believe that the Electoral Commission is a sound body, I believe persons on the commission…have the knowledge and the integrity to deal with any matter which is brought to them with respect of any irregularity because that is their function. They have the oversight of the process and our going to the court in the past so many years both here in Nevis and in St. Kitts perhaps really was our attempt to think or believe that the count would deal with the matters expeditiously. I…took steps to approach and appeal to the electoral commission. But I do think that outside. From here on in, any matter to do with the electoral process, we shall appeal to this very important body called the Electoral Commission and I am sure that they will give us a hearing, deal with the matter, look at the law and be able to redress those problems.

Information from the St. Kitts branch of the Electoral Office indicates that the Electoral Commission consists of two individuals, William Dore and Mona Walwyn.


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