Electoral Reform Process to Continue says PM

Speaking on the radio programme “Ask the Prime Minister” on Tuesday, Douglas also stated that though he has not had a complete reading of the court’s ruling, he believes the traditional way of carrying out certain processes will have to be revised, and the use of more modern mechanisms and methods, will have to be more prominent in those areas that need revisiting.

For many election cycles now, the matter of electoral reform in the country has been a serious “bone of contention”. The political parties have traded their attacks and apportioned blame across party lines. One thing is certain though, there is urgent need for a comprehensive and honest system of reform that not only appears to be fair, but is protected by law and more importantly the integrity and honesty of the men and women who would be charged to manage a process that delivers free and fair elections.

Douglas, who is also responsible for election matters in the country, continued by explaining that as Prime Minister and with responsibility for the electoral process he is waiting for the relevant persons within the system, to outline what the court has identified, so it can be translated into action that can make an improvement in the electoral system here in St. Kitts and Nevis.radiopm

“I believe that a fair system will bring more grounding to our electoral system towards greater democracy here in St. Kitts and Nevis and I am one for that and I definitely await the interpretation of the judgment and the action oriented plan that will impact on greater efficiency in the system and thus make the necessary changes.”

He concluded by saying that the recent ruling is extremely important and is essential as what is to be done in the future, to ensure greater governance in St. Kitts and Nevis.

There has been a steady call from citizens and political parties, and even some prominent lawyers, for the government to terminate the services of the current Supervisor of Elections, Mr. Leroy Benjamin and the senior Registration Officer in Nevis, Ms. Bernadette Lawrence, both of whom have been blamed for the problems caused after the 2011 Island Elections in Nevis.


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