election, and not a by-election, following the recent court case that declared the seat held by his deputy, null and void.
He said, “We are having a general election. Let’s not believe that we are having a by-election. It’s not going to happen. No by-election is going to take place in this country. It’s going to be a general election.”
But no one should be too surprised by the recent comments of the Premier, because shortly after the court handed down its ruling on 27th August, this year, Parry had indicated that he was of the firm opinion that “all the people of Nevis should decide” and not just the voters of the constituency of St. John’s. That was enough to indicate how the Premier and leader of the ruling Nevis Reformation Party, (NRP), was thinking.
According to one political analyst, it is the belief of Parry and his party that they stand a better chance with a general election, thinking that even if they were to lose the St. John’s seat, they may still very well pick up the St. James’ seat, now held by Alexis Jeffers of the opposition Concerned Citizens Movement, CCM. The NRP has been seeking to bolster the image of their preferred candidate, Patrice Nisbett; but there remains some concern that he could again fail to win the constituency, recognizing that he has failed to secure victory in at least three previous elections.
On the other hand, CCM is also fancying their chances of reclaiming the St. Paul’s seat that was once held by their Michael Perkins and now occupied by NRP’s Robelto Hector. However, since Perkins took the decision on June 6th 2012, not to contest any further election, the CCM has not confirmed his replacement, though it is speculated that they have already identified the new candidate.
No matter the type of election, Nevisians are already predicting that it will be a closely and fiercely fought one, given the current tension in the island and the huge political divide that now pervades the territory.
Time is however running out on the Nevis Island Administration, which has just over one more month before the mandatory by-election has to be called; but there is a school of thought that the Premier intends to allow the time to run close to its expiry period, then request the Governor General to dissolve the Island Assembly, in preparation for the island- wide poll in the five constituencies.
Both political parties have already heightened their campaigning and recognizing that the NRP had been moving its rallies into other constituencies lately, other than St. John’s, the thought was always there that the Premier was testing the waters for a general election.
In any case, predictions are high that the people of Nevis will be heading to the polls sometime in November, either for a by-election or a general poll.