NOT SO FAST: St Kitts opposition challenging election results

PAM leader Lindsay Grant /CMC photos

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – The main opposition People’s Action Movement (PAM) Tuesday signalled its intention to challenge the outcome of the general election in which the ruling St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) was re-elected for a fourth consecutive term on Monday.

PAM national campaign manager, Marvin Edwards, said that the party would be going to the courts to challenge the results, particularly in Constituencies One, Two and Four.

In a statement, Edwards said that the ruling party’s claim of electoral reform had “failed the system of free and fair elections to which true democracy and the Constitution of St. Kitts and Nevis are dedicated”.

He said the failure of PAM leader Lindsay Grant to win his seat “exemplifies the falsification of the due return in that Constituency”.

A PAM statement said that last year Grant had objected to the wrongful inclusion in the list of voters of 60 persons who do not reside in the constituency.

“No adequate arrangements were made by the Office of the Supervisor of Elections for the hearing of the 60 objections. Mr Grant is said to have lost yesterday’s election by a mere 29 votes,” the PAM statement said.

Edwards said that it is the position of the opposition party that “Grant’s alleged loss is due to a corrupt or illegal practice of so widespread a nature as to have affected the outcome”.

But he said he is confident that “history will repeat itself and PAM will win these 25th January Elections” referring to 1979 general elections that were held on the same date when a similar court challenge resulted in a victory for PAM.

Edwards says that the team of lawyers representing the opposition party has also advised that the election petitions will be ready for filing before the 21-day deadline.

In Monday’s general election, the ruling party won six seats as against two won by PAM on the island of St. Kitts. Both parties had fielded candidates for all eight seats on the island. The Concerned Citizens Movement won two of the three seats on Nevis, with the other going to the Nevis Reformation Party.

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  1. only
    January 28, 2010

    It isn’t the people speaking in these elections. It’s the money masters speaking.

  2. lovely dominica
    January 28, 2010

    It would be interesting to hear Lennox Lintons opinion on that

  3. January 27, 2010

    The first question is: Why did Ron, Eddie and Judith, went to St. Kitts after the election, don t you all realize that there is a link? Ofcourse there is a link! They all have been suffering from LOPS for the passed 10-15 years, so the had to regroup to plan their strategy for the court hearing. Sadly, up till this time, they have failed to realize that the people have spoken.

    Someone fool these politician and told them about winds of change…just imagine when I contacted a certain former parliamentarian that living in a particular foreign country who was threatening Dominicans that if they had come to vote, what the justice system would have done to them. ” I asked him why are you doing that? he replied that this cannot happen like this, meaning that Dominicans just can t come here to vote and return.” He went on further to explained to me that no government has ever served three terms in the region, and if I did not notice the trend of the change of times…again sadly he went back with a cut tail.

  4. Mahaut People
    January 27, 2010

    StayTuned you have espoire mal papaille. I am sorry for you . Garson if zandolie was good meat it would not be on bycad. Wait for 2015. Meantime keep on dreaming there’s no court for that

  5. Mahaut People
    January 27, 2010

    I appears that political leaders in the caribbean especially those on the opposition benches no longer respect the peoples’ decision, when the people speak through the ballot box. Why can’ t they just accept their defeat? If you will not respect your peoples’ wishes when you unsuccessful at the polls why participate in the process ? Poor fellas. Look like it’s a new disease affecting politicians in the region. It started with Mr Green and the u.w.p. in Dominica and is quickly spreading throughout the o.e.c.s.

    January 27, 2010

    whats up with these sorry loosers? somebody help me to understand

  7. BIG MAN
    January 27, 2010

    STAY TUNED MY PEOPLE. you got nothing to say better dan that. can u hear a more dumer ststement dan that lol

  8. Grand Bayrian
    January 27, 2010

    These days, opposition parties seems to think that every time they lost out in an election, it was taken away from them.
    Sri Lanka
    St.Kitts & Nevis
    and the list will surely grow.

  9. GoodnewS
    January 27, 2010

    oh my GOD where are the true politions? may GOD help us all in this lawlessness world

  10. am
    January 27, 2010

    ..the problem is any time this lazy men and women loose an election they saying it was not fear and then go to waiste the courts time. In st.kitts and dominica the opposition leaders didn’t win their seats, the people don’t want u all accept it and move on.

  11. Vybez
    January 27, 2010 seems … sent him an email ‘online in a new way’ and told him to file 5 petitions quickly… bein look toray in d C/bbean.

    I wonder what … journalist …has to say? Then again he was the strategist for the St. Kitts Labour Party so he probably thinks the Opposition is crazy?! lol

    January 27, 2010




  13. January 27, 2010

    @ possie passe. Yah anything goes we in our Caribbean Basin.

    January 27, 2010

    This man is getting on like Ron Green eh? Is his Political brother? Learn to accept deafeat and move on.

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