PM Harris to push electoral reform

This disclosure came during his first televised speech since taking office.

According to Harris, he has ordered a review of the entire general elections process for 2015, because, he noted there is no place for “trickery” in a democratic country.

“The elections trickery during the campaign has no place in a free democratic society. Therefore in keeping with our promise to implement election reform, I have asked the Hon. Attorney General, to look into irregularities of the entire 2015 electoral system,” Harris disclosed.

“Elections Day and the next two days thereafter produced many dramatic and extra ordinary events. Including the unprecedented suspension of the announcement of election results by the supervisor of elections, and the removal of state assets by agents of the former Administration,” he stressed. “I want the people of our great Federation to know, that Electoral Reform begins today,” the Prime Minister added.

To this end, it was said, that the people of St. Kitts and Nevis need to know the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the voting system as a basis for the government to proceed with true electoral reform.

In addition, Dr. Harris noted that he has received confirmation from Attorney General Vincent Byron that the Police Force is investigating matters pertaining to the 2015 electoral system that were referred for enquiry.  

On this backdrop, the prime minister indicated that there were no challenges to any of the polling results.

“I am happy to report that the results and returns of the General Elections have been Gazetted and published as required by law. The period for the filing of election petitions has expired, and no candidate has challenged. All have accepted them as reflecting the will of the people,” Harris announced. 

Just recently, though, former deputy prime minister and former representative for constituency #1, East Basseterre, Earle Asim Martin, had indicated during a Labour Party media briefing that he was reviewing the results of that constituency, which he lost by four votes to Ian Patches Liburd of the People’s Action Movement and member of Team Unity.  

Prime Minister Harris challenged the people to remember that St. Kitts and Nevis is a democratic society, regardless of the differing views, stressing that “we must continue to build on our young developing democracy called St. Kitts and Nevis”.

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