Labour party believes that boundaries will still change despite court ruling

Chairman of the Labour Party, Marcella Liburd, told the media on Monday afternoon that her organization believes, …”in the end, the recommended changes will stand, thereby ensuring that no one person’s vote in any constituency will have dramatically greater weight than a vote in any other…and that no longer will any one Parliamentary Representative be responsible for meeting the needs of a constituency in which the number of inhabitants residing in that constituency is dramatically greater than the number of inhabitants in any other.”  

Liburd stated that the Labour Administration is of the opinion that the proposed boundary changes are intended to ensure that the number of inhabitants in each constituency in St. Kitts and Nevis will be roughly the same.

On Monday 25th November, 2013, High Court Justice, Darshan Ramdhani, handed his judgment declaring that the opposition will be granted the right to have its case for judicial review continue and that he had decided to maintain the injunction that was imposed to prevent the Governor General from signing the required Proclamation to give effect to the suggested changes.

No date has been set for the hearing of the substantive matter. Elections in St. Kitts and Nevis are however not constitutionally due until January 2015. There is also a Motion of No Confidence that has been filed against the government but after almost one year, has not been debated or voted on. The popular view is that the government would fall if said motion is allowed because it now controls only five of the 11 elected seats in parliament.

 

 

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