The opposition St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party has issued a statement condemning the ongoing attempts by Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris to exclude nationals who are registered on the Voters List and who live overseas from participating in upcoming elections in St. Kitts and Nevis.
In a release issued earlier today Monday, the SKNLP noted that at a forum for St. Kitts-Nevis nationals held in New York on September 26th, the Prime Minister lamented that the Register of Voters has more voters than there are people of voting age in the Federation.
“What the Prime Minister who has been involved in electoral politics since 1993 (over 26 years ago) ought to know, is that since 1984, nationals of St Kitts and Nevis who live overseas, have been able to register to vote in Federal and Nevis Island Administration elections.
“The effect of that reality is that the number of voters on the Electoral List does not correlate to the number of persons of voting age resident in the Federation. Rather, it correlates to the number of persons both at home and abroad who have registered to vote,” the SKNLP statement said.
It added that the SKNLP “views the Prime Minister’s statements as part of a sinister plot to disenfranchise overseas nationals of St Kitts and Nevis. It makes no sense to claim that the number of voters on the Electoral List should reflect the number of persons resident in the Federation when our laws permit the registration of non-resident nationals. In our estimation, the Prime Minister really intends to remove the names of the overseas nationals from the Electoral List to further his narrow political agenda,” the SKNLP said in the statement.
The SKNLP noted that on September 2nd, the government was forced under public pressure to completely withdraw the proposed National Assembly Elections (Amendment) Bill that sought to remove the names of overseas voters from the Electoral List.
The SKNLP is the largest single party in St. Kitts and Nevis, gaining 11,897 votes in the February 16th 2015 General Elections. The People’s Action Movement (PAM), received 8,452 votes, the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) 3,951 votes; the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP), 3,276 votes and the People’s Labour Party (PLP), 2,723 votes.