SKNLP in rebuilding phase after loss, cites “sabotage” for defeat

Speaking at the party’s first post-elections press conference, Dr. Douglas said that the SKNLP/NRP coalition won the popular votes at the general elections, but he blames the delay in the arrival of several aircraft for the defeat in several key constituencies.

He pointed out that the Labour Party supporters found the delay at several airports to be very strange.

The former prime minister cited several situations to support his claim of “sabotage”.

“Pilots from overseas airports indicated to us that they were denied landing rights for various places, while those places were indicating to us directly that there were no problems whatsoever. And that the flights in questions had most certainly been cleared to land,” Douglas said.

He continued: “The apartment of a key Labour individual, someone who was intimately involved in the development of our passenger list was broken into and his computer stolen. And as though this was not enough, there was a bomb scare, which was actually called in on one of the flights,” Douglas stressed.

To this end, the SKNLP leader who was seeking an unprecedented fifth term in office indicated that there was no problem with nationals returning home to cast their ballots. 

He noted that the constitution allows for returning nationals to vote during elections, adding that all political parties have exercised that right by allowing those electorates to exercise their franchise.

And 2015 was no different, but Dr. Douglas questioned the logic behind the arrival of supporters of the coalition but according to him, his supporters found it difficult.  

“While every plane bringing supporters of PAM, CCM and PLP arrived in the Federation with no complications, a series of highly concerning and downright strange developments repeatedly bosh the arrival of our planes here,” Dr. Douglas said.

“Every single PAM, CCM and PLP supporter that wished to be on the ground was indeed able to arrive here unimpeded. I can say without fear or contradiction that had our flight been able to land, the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party would now be continuing the tremendous work, which has made St. Kitts-Nevis the bright spot of the region.” He stressed.

He disclosed that the Labour Party has launched an official investigation into the matter but did not disclose how long that process will take before it would be completed.

“It is well known that on the final flight that arrived after the polling stations were closed, there were no less than 99 passengers who were registered to vote for constituency #1, Labour. And there was no less than 66 passengers listed to vote for constituency #4 Labour. In these two constituencies #1, four votes separated us from the so-called victory, and 26 separated us from victory in #4,” Douglas indicated.

The SKNLP representatives said agree that they would be keeping the new government accountable to all the promises made during the campaign leading up to the elections.

[Editor’s note: Starting 1st March 2015, would become]

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