In the words of the former Chairman of the Nevis Division of the Chamber of Industry & Commerce, Mr. Chris Martin, “I am witnessing a Complete and Sudden Collapse of a Proud Legacy of Electoral Conduct by Politicians on the Island of Nevis.”
Mr. Martin, who is also a former Chairman of the Nevis Tourism Authority, made known his feelings, in a recent Commentary on MiyVue.com; in which he also offered reasons for the sudden change in the political behaviour of Nevisians.
Martin is of the view that the introduction of foreign tactics has altered the competition between the contending parties, the Concerned Citizens Movement, (CCM), and the Nevis Reformation Party, (NRP). He said these regional and international strategies tend to encourage the demonization of political candidates and their supporters.
The former General Manager of the Nevis Division of SL Horsford said this new political culture is a sharp departure from the “World famous Nevisian charm.”
The prominent Nevisian business man traces the sharp change to another factor which he said is connected to the “…flaws in the foundation of our electoral process, and there has been recent exploitation of these flaws by all political parties, coupled with absent leadership at the Electoral Office. As such, politicians have encouraged citizens and residents to act fraudulently and immorally, to lie and cheat on their electoral registration forms.”
Mr. Martin eencouraged Nevisian Politicians “To re-discover and show the world the proud legacy of electoral conduct on Nevis, as is been currently demonstrated by its constituents.”