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New Calls from the Public for Electoral Reform

Popular radio show ‘Voices’ on WINN FM, was used as the medium for a number of persons to outline their concerns and suggest ways to correct the system.

One caller, who joined the debate, stated that they felt the issue was not the system, but the people who run the system and manipulate it to suit them. The caller also stated that unless we have honest people who show loyalty to the country and not to the party they support, the issue will never be resolved.

Another individual voiced their opinion that the nation should form a united front starting with a rally and a march through the streets of Basseterre, while another individual stated it is time to stop talking; and it is time for something to be done.

A call was also bellowed for the government to adapt a house to house process of registration to clean the voters list and streamline where persons are allowed to vote.

The calls came on a day when the election petition hearing was under way in Nevis, challenging the results of the 2011 Nevis Island Poll.

The opposition Concerned Citizens Movement, CCM is asking the court to declare the results from the poll in the St. James Constituency, to be null and void. Deputy CCM leader Mark Brantley lost to Deputy Premier, Hensley Daniel who won by 14 votes.

Mr. Brantley is suggesting that voters were marginalized due to a flawed electoral process and at least 200 individuals could have been denied the right to vote.

The CARICOM observer mission that was on the island for the election also expressed some concern over the electoral process, recommending the need for certain changes.

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