Browne urges Labour Party to be vigilant and proactive

Mr Browne

Basseterre, St Kitts, October 9, 2019 – A call for the opposition St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) to be vigilant and proactive and prepared for legal battles in the run up to the next general elections expected to be called in a few weeks.
“I have always believed that while the opposition St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) is distracted by the six months residency requirement to register voters, the government will be working out other strategies to cheat a victory in the 2020 general elections,” said businessman, A U Browne.
He said the instant citizenship, the influx of nationals from the Dominican Republic over the past months and the latest news that citizenship documents and St Kitts and Nevis passports are being sent to persons based in Hispaniola are part of the TUG’s strategy to win at any cost.
“Other known ploys by the Harris-led coalition are the removal of legitimate voters from the voters list and the refusal to register new voters perceived to be supporters of the opposition,” said Browne.
He is further of the view that the reality on the ground in the federation is that the various bribe initiatives to voters has not generated more love for Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris and support for Team Unity.
“The initiatives include the EC$500 monthly PAP, the roof repair program, the EC$200 million given to the CCM NIA, the monthly EC$2.5 million to pay civil servants in Nevis and the annual double salary to civil servants and themselves,” Browne pointed out.
The TUG, he added, knows that on St. Kitts, Labour supporters are in the majority and that support for Team Unity has dropped significantly due to individual greed, it’s corrupt and deceptive practices, poor performance in government, blatant nepotism, victimization and not delivering on its key campaign promises.
“They also know that three of its elected parliamentarians on St Kitts, namely Ian “Patches” Liburd, Eugene Hamilton and Lindsay Grant will lose their seats. So, to win they must employ illegalities. The explanation for granting these new citizenships will seem legal and above board, because the defenses of the government will be ‘they are descendants of nationals that migrated to the Dominican Republic in the 50’s and 60’s’. Verification will be near impossible and the opposition don’t have the resources, or the means,” said Browne on his FaceBook page.
“While the focus on disenfranchisement of overseas nationals, the opposition need to realize that if the bill passes, persons already registered can’t be taken off the lists because of the new residency requirement and that Commonwealth citizens and the hundreds of new citizens will only be required to be living in any of the 11 constituencies across the federation for just six months to qualify to vote,” he said.
“I believe the majority of the new citizens and possibly new voters will be persons from the Dominican Republic. Two other nationalities that may be part of this vote buying for citizenship scheme are Guyaneese and Jamaicans, as their numbers are growing,” said Browne.
“I’ve said in a previous post, that constituencies 1, 2 and 3 are vulnerable for this type of voter padding because most of these people reside in the Basseterre area. PLP wants to win constituency three and will have to register hundreds of their citizenship voters across that Labour stronghold for TUG to win. I further believe that the final voter list published after the announced date for the general election, or used on polling day will reveal the names of those voters,” said Browne.
A recent poll indicates that the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party would win a majority of the seats in the National Assembly and that Leader of the Opposition, the Rt Hon Dr Denzil L Douglas would do a better job running the government.
The Bill Johnson poll also found that the people in St Kitts do not like Dr Harris and he would be a one-term prime minister.

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