If such a vote is success, it means that Prime Minister Douglas would have two main options: resign and allow another member of parliament to be appointed to the post or ask the Governor General to dissolve the Assembly and call early General Elections.
Opposition leader Mark Brantley has already confirmed that indeed the opposition has already taken the necessary measures to have the matter be part of the Order Paper for next week’s meeting of the parliament.
“I have today, (5th December), under my hand submitted to the Speaker of the National Parliament of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Honourable Curtis Martin, a Motion of No Confidence in the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Right Honourable Dr. Denzil Douglas, and asked the Speaker to table this Motion for debate at the earliest possible opportunity and as a matter of urgency,” said Brantley in a press release on Wednesday.
In providing the background to the action, Brantley reminded the people of St. Kitts and Nevis that it is no secret that the country has been besieged by unsupportable debt, a corrupt electoral system, crumbling infrastructure, burdensome taxes, crippling cost of living, an ever coarsening of the public and parliamentary debate and an increasing sense of hopelessness and despair among our people.
Brantley indicated that, “The leadership of Dr Denzil Douglas over the past 16 years has been marked by ever increasing hardship for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis and greater and greater disrespect by him for members of his own Cabinet, members of the Opposition, and citizens of this country. St. Kitts and Nevis is now more divided and divisive than ever with no effort being made by the Prime Minister to change his confrontational leadership style which has destroyed the socio-economic fabric of our once thriving Federation.”
The Opposition said that he is of the view that the Nation finds itself at its lowest ebb since Independence and the Opposition lays the state of our Nation squarely at the feet of the gross mismanagement and incompetence of the Prime Minister in handling the affairs of State. To this end and using the parliamentary tools available, Brantley said he has submitted the Motion of No Confidence in the following terms:
“WHEREAS since the installation of the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas as Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis he has been governing the Federation in such a manner which has undermined our Constitution, has led to disastrous economic outturns and a decreasing lack of public confidence in his leadership.
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister has constantly and wilfully disregarded the Constitution of the Country.
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister has undermined the Ministerial system of Government as prescribed in the Constitution.
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister has failed to consult the Country prior to the Land for Debt Swap Agreement with the St. Kitts-Nevis and Anguilla National Bank Ltd with the resultant sell-out of our patrimony.
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister has refused to effect a decrease in electricity rates in St. Kitts with the result that household and commercial consumers find themselves unable to pay and some have had to return to early 20th century modes of lighting with lamps and candles.
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister has refused to uphold a system of good governance thereby destroying the public service.
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister has mismanaged the financial affairs of St. Kitts and Nevis thereby incurring a massive national debt with defaults on bond payments and the imposition of haircuts without regard to the consequences for bondholders and the Country’s financial image.
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister has refused to have full ventilation with the Nation on the IMF conditions relative to the public debt.
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister displays unruly parliamentary behaviour and unruly extra parliamentary behaviour even threatening to sell a fellow national.
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister has attempted to further increase the number of senators in parliament in the face of the IMF calls for a lessening of public expenditure.
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister has instituted the SIDF as an alternative consolidated fund to receive moneys which constitutionally are to be paid into the consolidated fund and thereby insulating the foundation from parliamentary and audit scrutiny and oversight.
AND WHEREAS the Prime Minister has as Prime Minister and Minister of Elections publicly supported the previous Supervisor of Elections in defying the directive of the Electoral Commission with the result that hundreds of registered voters in Nevis were illegally removed from the Voters List in Nevis causing tremendous harm and damage to the reputation of the electoral system in St. Kitts and Nevis.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that this Honourable House expresses its concern and lack of confidence in the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Honourable House calls for the immediate resignation of the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas as Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis”.
The Opposition which I lead in Parliament is solidly united in support of this Motion and we implore members on the Government side to support this critical measure as the first step in ushering in a new paradigm of transparent, accountable and consultative leadership for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.
The document submitted to the Speaker was signed by Mr. Brantley as Leader of the Opposition Parliament of St. Kitts and Nevis — with Eugene Hamilton and 3 others.
The nation is now waiting to see if the motion will in fact making to the Order Paper for the Tuesday 11th December sitting.