The St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party is ready, willing and able to go the distance for the opportunity to once again represent the people in the government of St Kitts-Nevis. This was the bold statement coming from the leader of the SKNLP and leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, Rt. Hon. Dr Denzil Douglas at the Party’s monthly press conference held today, July 25th 2018.
While responding to a question from the press concerning the coalition government’s proposed amendments to the National Assembly Elections Act, Dr Douglas stated unequivocally that the Labour Party has absolutely no intention of sitting idly by while its supporters were disenfranchised by the multitude of shenanigans being utilised by the Dr Timothy Harris-led coalition administration.
“We don’t believe in these kinds of trickeries to win elections. We believe that the people of St Kitts and Nevis, they have had a relationship with the Labour Party in the past. They voted against it. We lost. They have tried to establish a relationship with this government. This government has proven itself to be totally unworthy of their support and we believe that no matter how much he tries to change the electoral laws, we will win the elections.”
Regarding the proposed six-month residency requirement stipulated in the amendment, Dr Douglas pointed out that while in opposition, Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris made full use of overseas voters. He inquired as to why Dr Harris was now suddenly of a totally opposite view on the subject, knowing that these Kittitians and Nevisians aided him during the last election.
“Dr Harris should be ashamed because he brought people home from abroad to fight these elections. They voted for him. Well, what sin have they committed over the last three and a half years to tell them now they can’t vote again, the very same people who came home before to vote for him? What sin have they committed over the last three and a half years?? Is it because he was questioned about Peter Virdee and his corrupt scheme in London? What is the sin that they have committed??”
Dr Douglas made it clear that the Labour Party is prepared to challenge every single trick the coalition government will try in an attempt to win the upcoming elections.
“We are not afraid. We will challenge anything that we believe is a corrupt attempt to steal the elections from the people of St Kitts and Nevis. We will fight to the end! Mark my words!”