A public meeting was held by the Parry-led Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) at Bick Kiln, St. James, where Premier Parry made the announcement that Nomination Day would is set for 4th July, while Nevisians would go to the polls on 11th July, 2011 to elect the local government, the Nevis Island Administration (NIA).
He told the gathered crowd, which was reportedly adorned in the official colour of the NRP (green) – as well as listening via radio, to live courage of the event – that the local Parliament was dissolved earlier that day.
“Today I consulted with His Excellency, the Governor General…it is with the confidence of knowing that we have done our best under the circumstances that I advised on the dissolution of Parliament here on Nevis…and with the dissolution of Parliament, I can ring the bell.”
Parry – after outlining the strides and progress his government made since it took the reins of power July, 2006 – summoned for the bell, an action which was greeted with an eruption of applause and cheers from the crowd, which in intensity during and following the ringing of the bell.
The NRP Leader made a call for a clean and “dignified” campaign and called for all election operatives to uphold the image of Nevis in all that they do.
“I want these elections to be free and fair. I want to have a clean and dignified campaign. I am calling on all operatives in the election to recognise that the image of Nevis is at stake, that the world will be watching us…and I am counting on you to do the right thing by the Nevis Reformation Party…Vote for the Nevis Reformation party!”
Five candidates are expected to be nominated for the NRP, to contest the 11th June elections: Premier Parry would be contesting the St. Thomas seat, his Deputy, Hensley Daniel would be contesting the St. John seat while Parry’s Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Housing, Robelto Hector would be contesting the St. Paul seat. Attorney General in the Federal Government, Patrice would also be seeking to represent his St. James constituents in the local Parliament and Patricia Hanley would be contesting the St. George seat.
Information posted on the opposition Concerned Citizens Movement’s (CCM) website, suggests that five candidates from that party will also be contesting the five seats in Nevis: Keith Scarborough for the St. Thomas seat, Leader of the Opposition in the Federal Parliament, Mark Brantley will be contesting the St. John seat, Michael Perkins for the St. Paul seat, Alexis Jeffers for the St. James seat and former Premier, Vance Amory will be contesting the St. George seat.
During the 2006 Nevis elections, the CCM was uprooted from an approximate 14 years in power, with the NRP winning three of the five seats.