In a release to the media from the Office of the Prime Minister, it was stated that “Prime Minister Douglas will be accompanied by the youthful St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party candidates in the persons of Dr. Norgen Wilson, Dr. Terrance Drew, Dr. Vance Gilbert and Mr. Konris Maynard.”
Except for Wilson, this will be the first election being contested by the candidates. Wilson featured in the 2010 elections for the seat of Sandy Point but lost in his bid to the leader of the People’s Action Movement, (PAM),Shawn Richards, who is now a two term parliamentarian. Maynard will be contesting the West Basseterre constituency now held by former Labour Deputy Leader and former Deputy Prime Minister, Sam Condor. Condor left the ranks of the party after a public falling out with Douglas over certain legislative matters that were being brought to the parliament. He later helped formed the People’s Labour Party with another former Labour Minister, Dr. Timothy Harris who was fired from the Labour Cabinet in January, 2013.
Harris himself is the candidate that Dr. Gilbert will be hoping to defeat in the rural constituency that includes villages such as Tabernacle, Phillip’s, Ottley’s, Mansion and others. Drew however will be facing PAM’s Deputy Leader, Eugene Hamilton, for the constituency that includes districts such as Conaree, St. Peter’s, Cayon and Keys.
All recent polls have predicted that it will be a close fight between the incumbent Labour party and the group of opposition parties that have decided to contest the elections on a united front.
The prime minister travelled to the British Virgin Islands earlier this week to attend a Creating Climate Wealth Summit, on Necker Island & Moskito Island, home of Sir Richard Branson. Leaders from other Caribbean countries were also in attendance, in addition to finance institutions and top-tier renewable energy providers, said the release.
With that official duty completed, the prime minister is now moving on to meet with St. Kitts and Nevis nationals, not only in the BVI but also in the nearby territory of the US Virgin Islands.
He will also discuss the achievements in tourism, healthcare, public utilities, agriculture, housing, manufacturing, sports, culture and social development.
The first meeting is taking place Friday night, 7th February, at 7:30 pm, at Maria’s Hotel by the Sea, in the BVI.From there he and the other Labour candidates will move on to St. Croix on Saturday, 8th February, at the University of the Virgin Islands, at 7:30pm, then on Sunday they will be in St. Thomas, for a 7:30pm session at Victor’s Hideout.
Also on the agenda of meetings was a presentation on Friday to the New Day Foundation in the British Virgin Islands. This meeting, said the Prime Minister’s Office, was requested by the organization “to foster linkage and share commonalities between countries as it relates to this chronic disease, (HIV/AIDS).”
Dr. Douglas was therefore scheduled to meet with the Executive Board of the New Day Foundation, at the National AIDS Programme Conference Room.