PM indicates elections security plans in place to protect foreign nationals

According to Prime Minister Denzil Douglas, the precautions are being undertaken in response to recent threats made against them in the public’s domain.

Speaking during a Labour Party press conference on Tuesday (20th January) the prime minister disclosed that he held several meetings with the commissioner of police and other members of the Force, to discuss those threats that were laid against foreign nationals living and working in the Federation, and those who are interested in voting at the upcoming general elections.

However, the Prime Minister Douglas stopped short of sharing what measures would be implemented, only stating that those plans cannot be revealed because of national security reasons.

“Obviously I cannot disclose for national security reasons exactly what has been put in place, but we have discussed a number of possibilities, Dr. Douglas said.

Commenting on the recent threats made against Nigerian students on a popular radio station here in St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Douglas said, “The fact that the radio station allowed it leads us to believe that it was intended, and we are taking the warning seriously.”

He stated that they are working to ensure that “everything” is in place, noting that resources would be made available to ensure that they (Nigerian students) and other Caribbean and Commonwealth nationals in the Federation are safe along with the people of St. Kitts and Nevis. 

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Earle Asim Martin stated that the law provides for any eligible individual living in the Federation to vote where he or she lives, and as such, “there shouldn’t be any intimidation of the electorates”.

“There are some persons who have been threatening people and saying that they would not be allowed to come in that area to vote,” the prime minister stated.

According to Marcella Liburd, chairman of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, there is an assumption as to whom the Nigerian students would be voting for in the upcoming general elections, “because if they are being threatened by one side, one is assuming that they know who these people Nigerians are probably voting for”.   

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