The ruling Nevis Reformation Party, NRP, formally nominated Mr. Joseph Parry, as their choice for St. Thomas, while Hensley Daniel received his party’s nod for St. John, Robelto Hector for St. Paul and Patrice Nisbett for the St. James constituency.
Those nominated for the opposition Concerned Citizens Movement, CCM, were Vance Amory, in St. George, Mark Brantley in St. John, Michael Perkins in St. Paul, Keith Scarborough in St. Thomas and Alexis Jeffers in St. James.
Most political observers are however of the view that both parties will enter the election, with the confidence of already being certain of one seat, recognizing the strong positions of Vance Amory in St. George and Joseph Parry in St. Thomas.
There is also some expectation by the CCM that they remain in a strong position to retain their seat in St. James, which the party has held since 1992.
It is therefore believed that much of the political battle would be between the candidates for both parties in the constituencies of St. Paul, between Michael Perkins and Robelto Hector, and also the much anticipated showdown between Mark Brantley and Hensley Daniel.
However, concerns are being raised about the fairness of the poll, with charges leveled by the opposition CCM that some 244 names of persons who were properly registered, have now been removed from the Voters List.
According to former premier, Vance Amory who is also the leader of the CCM, his party was only presented with the final list of voters on Saturday 2nd July, nine days before the poll and less than 48 hours before Nomination Day, on Monday 4th July.
Amory said that it is now confirmed that the names of 244 persons who voted in the last General Elections, in January 2010, and who were properly re-confirmed a few years ago, have now been taken from the list, in what Amory calls a conspiracy to disenfranchise voters.
He said 171 names have been removed from the constituency of St. John, while 48 were removed in St. Paul and 25 in St. James. Amory however said that they are still perusing the list because it was only a few days ago they were able to secure copies.
Amory disclosed that his party is now weighing all its options, including legal measures. He said while these names are removed because it is felt that they support the opposition, other names of persons have been added, even though they were not on the regular monthly lists that are released by the electoral office.
The former premier said that the ruling NRP administration is desperate and it would appear as though they have something to hide, that they do not want the public to find out, thus they are doing anything to win the elections.