Giving an official response on a radio and television broadcast Thursday, the prime minister said he disagreed with the Privy Council’s decision, and called on the electorate, nevertheless, to “exercise your constitutional rights in the ballot box on Monday” on what he called “unfair and unequal boundaries”.
He believes that the Privy Council did not take into account the mood of the people, and that what occurred in the courtroom was divorced from what was occurring in the Federation.
“It is clear that the Privy Council has failed to take into account the democratic will and the sentiments of the people. We in Labour feel there is a real gulf of misunderstanding between what has gone on in a courtroom in London and the mood of the ordinary man and woman on the streets here in St Kitts-Nevis,” the prime minister suggested.
In addressing Labour Party supporters on Church Street yesterday (12th Feb.), he reminded them that he has won elections on the old boundaries and he would do so in Monday’s elections, as he urge them to exercise their voting rights.
“We know that they are unfair (old boundaries). We know that they are unequal. It has been three elections that we have been trying to have them properly aligned, but tell them that Douglas and Labour aren’t ‘fraid. We won on the same boundaries four times in the past, and we will win again for a fifth time,” Douglas declared to his supporters on Church Street.
According to the incumbent prime minister, the Labour Party is the only party that has the policies and the track record to advance the growth and development of St. Kitts and Nevis.