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.