Monday 16th April, has therefore been declared, by the Premier, a Day of Prayer.
Since the elections, the political tensions have remained, with the two parties there, Nevis Reformation Party, (NRP), and the Concerned Citizens Movement, (CCM), in heated battle over the results of the 11th July poll, that eventually saw the NRP being declared the winner.
The results, however, caused the CCM to take immediate legal actions to challenge the outcome in the St. John’s Constituency, claiming that a number of eligible voters were denied the right to exercise their franchise. It was later confirmed that over 200 such names were removed shortly before the elections, though the correct and legal
procedures were not followed. At the end of the election the NRP’s Hensley Daniel, who serves as Deputy Premier, was declared the winner by 14 votes, with 14 spoilt ballots. The losing candidate was CCM’s Deputy Leader, Mark Brantley.
However, when the case was eventually decided by the High Court, Daniel’s victory and the election in that constituency were declared null and void, with the requirements for a new election within 90 days. However, the NRP has appealed that decision and a stay of execution on the court decision was allowed until the appeal is heard.
Added to all this political mayhem, Nevis, like its sister island St. Kitts, has been in economic turmoil, with mounting a public debt that has required the intervention of the International Monetary Fund, IMF.
This has therefore been the backdrop to Premier Parry’s call for a spiritual healing and fasting, from 6:00am-6:00pm today Monday.
This evening, (Monday), the NRP Administration says it has organized a non-denominational, apolitical, Christian prayer meeting at the Charlestown Methodist church at 6:00pm.
Parry last week stated that the Nation had become plagued by huge financial debt, criminal activities and political divide.
He has asked that all politicians, both of the Concerned Citizens Movement and the Nevis Reformation Party, to encourage their constituents to pray today for unity, for the island and mankind.
The Nevisian leader further urged all Nevisians to call upon Jesus to guide Nevis through the unprecedented struggles and give thanks for the blessing that are enjoying.
The service is being organized by a committee of pastors and lay persons. Chairman of the Committee, Ms. Patsy Hanley, who ran as a candidate in the last election for NRP, stated that Nevisians need spiritual healing, adding that there are some problems that are beyond the power of man to solve.