The St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) Parliamentary Representative for St Christopher 3 (West Basseterre), Hon Konris Maynard, has labelled Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris “a shameless creature” and accused him of “crass deception and utter disrespect” when he told nationals in the United Sates recently that draft legislation he has before the National Assembly will not prevent those who reside overseas from exercising their rights to vote in upcoming general elections.
He said the amendments to the National Assembly Election Act that were tabled for its first reading in Parliament last year, make the points pellucidly clear that the Team Unity Government of St Kitts and Nevis continues to treat its citizens in the diaspora, as well as locally, with inordinate disrespect and disregard.
“The attempts at deception are nothing short of phenomenal,” said Maynard.
He stated that during the townhall meeting held in the Washington DC/Maryland area, nationals living there sought clarification from Prime Minister Harris on the intent of the amendment to the National Assembly Election Act.
Accusing Prime Minister Harris of doing serious damage to the credibility of the Office of the Prime Minister and to St Kitts and Nevis when he lies to citizens so blatantly, Maynard also pointed out that the new bill seeks to remove all of Section 37 (b) of the present law.
“That section deals with the registration of overseas voters. How can you remove an entire section that creates a basis for the registration of overseas voters (persons who live overseas) and claim that the law is not meant to disenfranchise the overseas voters? This level of deception is truly extraordinary; it is criminal, in fact,” the first-term parliamentarian told reporters and the nation.
“We wish to make it absolutely clear that the Bill introduced into Parliament last year seeking to amend the National Assembly Elections Act was designed to disenfranchise the overseas voters. The Bill abolishes registration by domicile, so that you could only register if you actually reside in the country for at least 6 months,” Maynard asserted.
“Dr Harris is a shameless creature who believes that he can deceive and manipulate the people of this country at will. This must stop,” said Maynard, a first term parliamentarian.