Much speculation has been heard about the whereabouts of Dr. Douglas and rumours have been circulating in the country since early this morning. Some persons believed he had left the island. Another rumour placed him at the Defense Force Camp, but none of these have yielded any clues.
In the milieu of an incomplete elections result, and some 21 hours after polls closed on Tuesday, there has been no word from Dr. Douglas to his supporters of the Labour Party, except for a brief comment from the deputy chairman of the Party. “This is unusual,” one ardent supporter said.
But the mystery of where Dr. Douglas has been might have been solved. Sources in the know told MiyVue.com that he spent most of the night following the election results at the home of a close friend in Frigate Bay, and he left that residence sometime between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Since then, his vehicle has been spotted at his St. Christopher Club residence, and MiyVue.com verified this. Interestingly, in the parking lot is a vehicle belonging to the former attorney general, Dennis Merchant, leaving us to draw possible conclusions as to what the outgoing prime minister might be doing.
Whatever the case might be, the day after general elections, with no official results and an obstinate supervisor of elections, the silence of the prime minister remains an “unacceptable” mystery for some persons.
The events of the last several hours since the closure of the polls have generated comments from at least two OECS leaders.
While Dr. Keith Mitchel, prime minister of Grenada, was at pains to point out that he is not interfering in the political situation in St. Kitts and Nevis, he said his “heart aches for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis and by implication the Caribbean region as a whole”. He said the region has a reputation of “meeting the fundamental principles of a parliamentary system, especially as far as an election is concerned”.
He described the stopping of vote counting or the release of voting information as “frightening”.
“I am calling on the authorities of the electoral processes in St. Kitts… to declare the results of the elections as the people expect… Let the mandate of the people prevail,” said Prime Minister Mitchell.
But very early in the morning, the events that were unfolding prompted the nation’s first prime minister, Sir Kennedy Simmonds, to call into WINN FM’s ‘Up All Night’ election coverage program, to express his disgust with what was emerging in the election counting process.
“What we are seeing here is totally unprecedented, that in the midst of the counting, the supervisor decides not to give the information about the count to the public. We are once again being made a laughing stock all over the Caribbean and in the world,” said the former prime minister of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Speaking early this morning, Dr. Timothy Harris, who is expected to take the post of prime minister, told the nation that the unofficial results is a win for every citizen and resident.
“I consider this to be a win for the people, a win for people who wanted to be united in the face of incredible odds. The people have taken the message of unity to heart… and no one would be allowed to rob the citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis of this precious moment for a new beginning and a fresh start in democracy and their development,” said Harris.
In light of all of this, one must ask; would Dr. Douglas help heal the political wounds of the nation? Will he speak to his supporters? As always, time would tell.
[Editor’s note: Starting 1st March 2015, MiyVue.com would become MyVueNews.com]