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Civil Society organizations condemn actions of supervisor of elections

The letter states, “Last night, 16th February 2015, in the face of the nation, you blatantly and without the slightest attempt at an explanation, abdicated your responsibility to keep the people informed of the results of ballots in the eleven constituencies in respect of which the General Election was held.”

The six organizations, St. Kitts-Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the St. Kitts Christian Council, St. Kitts Evangelical Association, St. Kitts Small Business Forum, St. Kitts and Nevis Bar Association and the St. Kitts and Nevis Hotel and Tourism Association said that the delay was done to “subvert the will of the people”.

“Your excessive and unsettling delays over the course of last night in announcing the results and the subsequent announcement by the opposition Team Unity of the results of the election in the constituencies in which the counts were concluded lead us to no other conclusion than that your disgraceful conduct was intended to subvert the will of the people as expressed in the General Elections,” the document states.

They have called on the supervisor of elections to complete his constitutional duties “immediately by announcing the election results, which have been declared by the returning officers in the various constituencies”.

The groups have also penned a letter to the chairman of the Electoral Commission, Hesketh Benjamin, informing him of the actions taken by the supervisor of elections.

[Editor’s note: Starting 1st March 2015, would become]

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