Trinidad Express / Caribbean governments on Tuesday maintained pressure on the supervisor of elections in St Kitts and Nevis, Wingrove George, to declare the results of the elections held in the twin island federation on Monday.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was among regional leaders voicing their concern about the delay in releasing the St Kitts and Nevis election results. In a statement yesterday, Persad-Bissessar said: “We respect the independence of all lawful institutions in St Kitts and Nevis, but at the same time we feel that the failure of the supervisor of elections to declare the results in a timely manner might create the impression that there is interference in the democratic process, which we in the Caribbean Community cherish. “I am also concerned that the region’s reputation for democracy and for free and fair elections will be under threat as long as this issue in St Kitts and Nevis remains unresolved,” the Prime Minister said. Persad-Bissessar noted that in any event, the law does not generally allow the suspension of any part of the process until the respective returning officers return the writs. The Prime Minister said: “It is the return of the writs that allows the public and the Governor General to know definitively what is the will of the people. “As a region we have to be very careful of the messages we send and that which is emanating from St Kitts and Nevis is not the kind of message we want to send to our people and to the world. “We await the results of the vote and would welcome whoever is the winner.” Prime Minister of Grenada Dr Keith Mitchell said: “From what I understood is happening is that the supervisor stopped counting votes in certain constituencies and this is rather frightening. “Therefore my own position and speaking on behalf of the government and people of Grenada…is that I am calling on the supervisor of elections to declare the results of the elections as the people expect…the people have voted, let the mandate of the people prevail and that’s the way I see it,” he added. The supervisor of elections in St Kitts and Nevis, Wingrove George, had not yet made any public statement on the issue yesterday, but earlier, an announcer on the state-owned ZIZ radio and television said the count had come to a halt. “The count in St Kitts and Nevis has come to a halt. The supervisor of elections has advised that for the rest of this morning in any event, no further public announcement will be made in respect of the count.” The elections had been contested between the St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) and Team Unity, an amalgam of three opposition parties. They were seeking control of the 15-member National Assembly. The opposition party says it has won at least seven of the seats in the elections giving control of the par. Previous Article Machel Magic
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