Speaking to the media shortly after the conclusion of the Party’s press conference to officially pen the Contract for Progress on Thursday (12th February), Dr. Douglas stated that he was not directly aware of what the specifics of the Privy Council’s decision were, but he said it can pose serious problems later when the full case is heard.
“Why does this become problematic? It’s because, at the end of the day, if the matter that is to be heard in its substantive form does not prove that anything was done wrong, it means that the governor-general’s proclamation is good and that poses a problem.
“I can see problems in the future if the substantive matter, when it is heard, does not come in favour of the opposition, and the elections would have gone. There might be casualties as a result of members of the government side, or on the opposition side, as a result of that boundary,” Douglas explained.
According to Dr. Douglas, he and his party would now have to work “harder” to ensure that they can convince the electorates to support policies that the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party have for the people.
Meanwhile, Labour Party Chairman Marcella Liburd stated that they had “worked very hard for fair boundaries”.
She remarked that foreign observer missions have, for many years, advocated that the boundaries are unfair, and with that notion, they had been changed.
The Boundaries Commission on 16th January signed off on the realignment of the boundaries, which was soon met with an injunction imposed by the High Court, as requested by the parliamentary opposition on the same afternoon the boundaries report was rushed through parliament.
However, the deputy leader of the People’s Labour Party (PLP), Sam Condor, said that they have been vindicated, “just like we thought we would”, while noting that it was no surprise to the opposition coalition.
The PLP is in political alliance with the CCM Party of Nevis and PAM on St. Kitts, under the organizational banner of Team Unity.
“Justice has prevailed. This means, like we predicted, we would get the vast majority of the seats, and we are confident,” Condor posited.
General Elections are scheduled for Monday, 16th February 2015.
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