PM, AG, slammed over plan to disenfranchise voters; Harris mortally afraid of the unavoidable defeat by Douglas.

Basseterre, St Kitts, October 7, 2019 – With just a few months before the next Federal Elections in St Kitts and Nevis, Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris and his Attorney General, Senator the Hon Vincent Byron Jr are being blamed for attempting to start a process to disenfranchise nationals of St Kitts and Nevis who are on the present Voters List, but reside overseas.
Dr. Harris has also been criticized for spending millions of dollars in tax payer’s money to keep opposition leader the Rt Hon Dr. Denzil Douglas out of the St Kitts and Nevis National Assembly.
In May 2019 this year Dr Harris told Washington-based Nevisian Everton “Obi” Powell that the National Elections Assembly Elections Bill was not aimed at disenfranchising Kittitians and Nevisians who are on the Voters List, although they live overseas.
“I just want to bring an end to the notion that this is an effort by Team Unity to disqualify overseas voters from voting,” Harris told Elliott in a live FaceBook page interview.
Dr. Harris, who has a track record of deception, flip-flopped when he told groups of nationals in New York and Miami recently that he was contemplating a six-month residency requirement for persons who are qualified to be registered as a voter in St Kitts and Nevis in new draft legislation to be debated in parliament.
The announcement of the proposed residency requirement has triggered outrage from nationals around the world.
“The problem lies squarely at the feet of the attorney general (Vincent Byron Jr). The problem should have been addressed since February 2015 and not till the midnight hour. Byron doesn’t seem to understand that 5 years is very short in a parliamentary life,” wrote Gene Claxton.
“We sitting in government for almost five years and now in the nigh of an election, we come up with this? Tell me how is this any different from what Labour sought to do back then with the boundaries. Come on man, we promised to be different, we promised to be better,” said Oscar Browne.
Endorsing Browne’s posting, Cydella Hanley said she is in Nevis several times each year and pays her taxes and contributes to the (Nevis) economy. “It is very unfair for now be told that I cannot have a say in the election process,” she said.
Supporting Hanley’s position, Browne responded: “You all practically live here. You was here just recently and if an election happens upon us now, are they saying you can’t vote?”
“This would be ridiculous. I have very strong feelings against what they are proposing in its current state,” said Hanley.
“Let’s boycott paying taxes….see what happens. When (Team Unity) needed votes they run over (to Nevis). Now that they think they seasoned,” said Arlette Dyer.
“Yes for it come like they forget we help put them in power. I could buy me own ticket if I want to go home to vote. Amen come like they forget that. I contribute to their economy for I send stuff home often where customs charge some outrageous price, so am not even bothered. Let them do what they want. They will see,” said Vanessa Fleming.
Damian Weekes, a surrogate of prime minister Harris said the “debate is not whether they should be able to vote or not, but that of if you don’t come to not even visit; you shouldn’t be rewarded with a free plane ticket to come for hours, vote, then leave.”
Carl Manners: “Nonsense. They taking all names off the list and you have to live here 6 months to be able to re-register. A lot of you don’t even understand it. I’m saying St Kitts and Nevis nationals do not have to do anything else to be able to register to vote. If you all do it, you will bear the consequences.”
Seth Williams: “I totally agree with you, king. I come 4 to 5 times a year. I pay my tax for my property like everybody else and even more than some who live there. I follow the local happening and willing to help or contribute also. So why you want to stop me from having a say?”

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