Fitness Of SKNLP Candidate To Run In Elections Gets A Close Up Look

Dr. Geoffrey Hanley showing his passport details during a live broadcast on Wednesday 27th May 2020 (Spokesman Screenshot)

BASSETERRE, St.Kitts (Friday 29th May 2020) – Dr. Geoffrey Hanley of Constituency One (East Basseterre), has dismissed rumours that challenged his eligibility to run as a first time candidate of the opposition St.Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) in the upcoming general elections.

Such information, according to a social media video, claimed that he is a citizen of the United States of America.

Showing details of his passport during a live broadcast of SKNLP Nomination highlights on Wednesday 27th May 2020, following nomination ceremonies held earlier that day, Dr. Hanley commented: “I ask a question of the entire Federation: Can someone with a US citizenship hold a visitor’s Visa? Camera man make sure you zoom in.”

Addressing those guilty of putting out such false information, he said further: “They [already] know what the results will be in Number One. Let them come with something different tomorrow comrades, and I will say that no weapon that form against me will be able to prosper. No fake videos will stop the licks that they are going to get on June 5th in Constituency Number One.

“So my people in East Basseterre, I say to you. Let us get ready. We just have a few more days to go. Do not be weary in well doing because great will be our reward on June 5th, and on June 6th, we will be able to run and jump and shout through the streets of east Basseterre ‘Free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last,” Dr. Hanley added.

He has called on party supporters not be distracted.

Comrades, it’s a few days to go. We cannot afford to lose focus or be distracted at this time. The race is almost over and we cannot afford to drop the baton at this time. We must put on the whole armor of God. I have said to you before [that] this is a spiritual warfare…”

Dr. Hanley will go up against Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd of the People’s Action Movement (PAM) which is part of the Team Unity construct.

The SKNLP is the only party that has a nomination of a full slate of eight candidates in St.Kitts.

‘My Father Is No Hypocrite Nor Flip Flop’ Says Ziko Condor

Terrence Zikomo ‘Ziko’ Condor in Freedom FM’s studio on Tuesday 26th May 2020 seen during a video streaming on Facebook (Spokesman Screenshot)

BASSETERRE, St.Kitts (Friday 29th May 2020) – “You can’t have people questioning your integrity after five years and think that’s ok. That’s not ok and my father will not be a part of that. He will not, not, not be a part of that… My father will not die a hypocrite.”

So said 33-year-old Terrence Zikomo ‘Ziko’ Condor, son of well-known public figure Sam Condor, who has publicly supported and touched the hot topic of his father’s decision to leave the Team Unity administration and returning his support towards the St.Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP).

The junior condor made an appearance on a live edition of Freedom FM’s ‘Issues’ programme aired on Tuesday 26th May 2020 which spanned over one and a half hours and told listeners that his presentation “is rooted in my father’s belief “ and that  “I will never let anything compromise my father’s integrity.”

Condor also shared with listeners details of a near six-hour meeting between his father and SKNLP opposition leader and immediate former Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas which he also had attended two years after the Team Unity took office following the February 2015 general elections.

“We could have stayed out and that is a position that a lot of people have taken that ‘you guys are flip… flopping’ but as I said at the end of the day…every five years you look at where the country is, where we are going. You look at the two sides …who gives us the best chance of doing this. If you ask me, it is a question of competence and ability to accomplish things.”

According to him: “I have never been engaged this close to politics and I’m only being engaged because I decided I was going to the father to the meeting when he went and met with Dr. Douglas because he asked me to come. I am the architect of this too which a lot of people don’t know…”

Condor gave his view that the Team Unity construct will not last another five years citing the differences among its members.

“They do not get along…so many things that they don’t want to be associated with so I find it very hypocritical- especially the Prime minister- to talk like my father is confused about something or don’t know what he stands for or don’t know what he wants. We know exactly what we want, we know exactly where we stand and we know what we are about. This aion’t nothing personal with anybody; I don’t have anything personal with anybody.”

Grading the Team Unity’s government performance over the past five years, he highlighted the intent of work displayed.

“…you can’t let my father’s sacrifice be attached to a con; that wouldn’t suffice for me. The only thing that would suffice for me if they had come in here, put their head down [and] do the work. Put down your head for five years and show the intent. I’m not saying that you’re going to accomplish everything but at least show us intent. At the end of the five years, we must look back and say ‘boy they ain’t get to accomplish everything but I see the direction that they were going.’ That first term should have reminded me of Labour’s first term in 1995-2000.”

Addressing comments by critics levelled against Dr. Douglas in regard to his family’s renewed relationship with him, Condor commented: “The last five years, Dr. Douglas has shown my family more respect, empathy and consideration, and it’s going to be very difficult for me for you to convince me that a man like that is. It’s going to be difficult to convince me that a man that has had so much of a positive influence on a whole country and so many people have benefitted directly from him, small business owners.”

Condor who describes Dr. Douglas as a “political genius” continued: “He has looked after people; you can’t negate that. You can say whatever you want about politics right but I think people try to negate the fact that he did do what he did; the history is around you-the jobs, the hotels, the infrastructure is there for you to see…and so you can’t negate that because you feel like he’s somebody that you don’t like personally.”

Pertaining to the meeting with Dr. Douglas, he outlined: “He (Douglas) is somebody who has shown up. Two years after the election, he reached out to my father and said that he wanted to have a conversation. He was never comfortable about how things ended and they thought that with the way they came from and the relationship that they had and the legacy that they have built together –that they deserved to have conversation, and that conversation was almost a six-hour conversation between two real comrades, friends; they started this thing together. A six-hour conversation, my father walked with his pastor…”

Condor went on to say: [Douglas] was pursuing that [conversation]; he wanted to look across from him and say ‘Sam, whatever happened, it happened but we got too much history and we got too much respect for one another for us to not even have a conversation. There is honour in that.  There is honour in a man that says ‘Boy Ziko, I went through ever possible emotion after the last election. I was hurt, I was depressed, I was angry at you and your family because for a long time I blamed you guys for what happened  because I knew that movement only got validity and credibility when you guys went over there so I was disappointed that you did that but I found acceptance while I was in depression. Acceptance in two things – (1) That this did actually happen to me  and I need to realise that and accept that and (2) I had a part  to play in it; this didn’t happen by accident…I am a man too I have to take responsibility for my actions and what brought me to this point’.”

Well-Known Protestor Hits Streets Again

Well-known protestor Curtis Crooke poses for a picture outside the Electoral Office on Friday 22nd May 20220 where a visitors to that building are seen in lines (Spokesman Snap)

BASSETERRE, St.Kitts (Friday 29th May 2020)-Well-known protestor Curtis Crooke of Constituency Three (West Basseterre) has been taking to the streets again ahead of the next general elections slated for  Friday 5th June 2020.

This media house recently caught up with him in the vicinity of the Electoral Office on Central Street in Basseterre. He wore a face mask and maintained social distancing amidst health measures regarding the novelcoronavirus (COVID-19).

Notably, to date-since Monday 18th May-there are been no new cases reported following information on the full recovery of all fifteen individuals who had tested positive.  

Commenting on his reason for protesting in that area, Crooke pointed to the placard he carried concerning the misappropriation of client’s fund matter that is before the court involving candidates of the People’s Action Movement who are lawyers and the defendants in the case- Lindsay Grant and Jonel Powell of Constituencies Four and Two, respectively.

According to him: “They have no right to be putting up themselves to the people of this country to be elected. How can these guys put up themselves to the nation to want to be in politics? It’s a disgrace to my country and my flag. This is wrong.”

Crooke who was dressed in non-political clothing on that occasion was quizzed about such, to which he said: “I chose to wear my own clothes because this is not about politics; it’s about my country and it’s about my children’s future. As you see here, nothing says Labour, nothing says PAM. The children of tomorrow, their future is in jeopardy. How long are we going to let this go on?”

Asked if he had concerns like the opposition St.Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) that the upcoming general elections would not take place on a level playing field, he had this to say: “These guys are doing as they like; they have no respect for the country and no respect for the people. You have an election but we’re in lockdown. You keeping all kind of function but the opposition can’t keep no function. Five years to get this [electoral] boundaries things sorted out; it’s not sorted out as yet. You take off hundreds of name off the voters list; that needs sorting out. All these things are wrong; it must be a level playing field. The playing field is not levelled, and the government is getting away with too much of things in this country.”

On the topic of Sam Condor leaving Team Unity and returning to the SKNLP, Crooke remarked:

“I always believed that Sam has no call joining with PAM; that was my big problem, and Timothy [Harris] the same thing but again they choose that. The only problem I tell people that I had with Sam leaving is that you cannot leave with my vote. Anybody free to vote PAM or Labour but you cannot tell me vote for you and then you leave. It’s good that he came out and stand up for principles because he sees where he went was wrong; I applaud him for that. What he is also saying is that ‘I will give Douglas a second chance’. I don’t see anything wrong with that.”

Condor and Harris had formed the People’s Labour Party (PLP) in July 2013; one of the parties of the Team Unity coalition that won the 2015 February general elections. “I’ve said that for years. An apology can be done. Nothing is wrong with him saying, he apologizes to the people of West Basseterre. I think the people deserve an apology. That is in order,” Crooke said when he was questioned about whether or not he holds the view -like some of his fellow constituents- that Condor should offer an apology.

Over Eight Newcomer Candidates Named As Election Fevers Heats Up In SKN

Supporters of the opposition St.Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) in red and those of the People’s Action Movement (PAM) have a light clash moment in Old Road of Constituency Four following nominations on Wednesday 27th May 2020. A female supporter is seen hugging the incumbent Lindsay Grant, Deputy Leader of PAM while a billboard of his opponent SKNLP newcomer Steve Wrensford can be seen on a lamp post. (Spokesman Snap)

BASSETERRE, St.Kitts (Friday 29th May 2020)– Following official Nominations held on Wednesday 27th May 2020, a total of nine (9) newcomers to the political race arena are among the  twenty-three (23) General Elections runners this time around including independent. 

There are four (4) from the opposition St.Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP), two (2) from the People’s Labour Party (PLP) headed by Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, two (2) from the opposition Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) and also an independent.

This media house understands that another independent candidate was expected in the person of Joan Challenger-Baeta of Constituency Two (Central Basseterre) but there was no information up to press time on what her situation is. 

Friday 29th May 2020) officially marks one week before the June 5thJune 2020 general elections in St.Kitts-Nevis with the Team Unity construct-featuring PLP, PAM (People’s Action Movement) and  also CCM (Concerned Citizens Movement ) in Nevis- seeking a second term while the St.Kitts-Nevis Labour attempts to regain office after being oust after its fourth term.

The NRP and the SKNLP has close relations in federal elections.

Political parties have conducted their virtual campaign launches in light of measures concerning the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) under the state of emergency that has seen: NRP on Friday 22nd May with ‘NRP Visionary Ready To Transform Nevis’, SKNLP NextGenSKN ‘It’s All About You!’ on Saturday 23rd May and Team Unity on Sunday 24th May under the banner ‘Stronger Safer Future’.

The breakdown of the candidates in the constituencies of St.Kitts and Nevis are as follows:

Constituency One: SKNLP newcomer Dr. Geoffrey Hanley will be challenging PAM Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd who will be contesting the seat for the second time.

Constituency Two: SKNLP Marcella Liburd to be challenged by PAM Chairman Jonel Powell who is also contesting for a second time.

Constituency three: PLP newcomer Alkilah Byron- Nisbett to challenge SKNLP Konris Maynard on his second go.

Constituency Four: PAM Deputy Leader Lindsay Grant to be challenged by SKNLP Steve Wrensford and independent first time runner Jason Thomas known as ‘Grabament’.

Constituency Five: [Deputy Prime Minister] PAM leader Shawn Richards versus SKNLP newcomer Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Douglas.

Constituency Six: SKNLP leader Denzil Douglas and PLP newcomer Kevin ‘Ninky Williams’. Notably, this is the first time that PAM is not challenging this SKNLP seat.

Constituency Seven: [Prime Minister] PLP leader Dr. Timothy Harris to go up against SKNLP newcomer Leon Nata -Nelson.

Constituency Eight: SKNLP Chairman and second time runner Dr. Terrance Drew challenging PAM Eugene Hamilton.

Constituency Nine: [Nevis Premier] CCM Leader Mark Brantley versus NRP newcomer Dr. Kelvin Daley.

Constituency Ten: Eric Evelyn of the CCM going up against NRP newcomer Bjorn Hanley.

Constituency Eleven: [Deputy Premier]CCM Alexis Jeffers versus NRP Patrice Nisbett.

Although CCM’s Evelyn is not a newcomer to the political arena, he is new to the federal race.

Medical Team Still Watchful Although COVID-19 Patients Recover

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hazel Laws

BASSETERRE, St.Kitts (Friday 22nd May 2020)- Although all fifteen patients in St.Kitts-Nevis who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have fully recovered , health officials are focusing on exercising the necessary precautions since the threat of infection remains regarding a second wave that could be started by incoming travellers.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is not over; it actually just got started. The science and the evidence tell us that the pandemic will be with us for as long as 12, 18 months and even beyond so we are not out of the woods as yet so that’s why we still have to maintain our physical and social distancing measures,” stated Chief Medical Officer Dr. Hazel Laws at the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) COVID-19 Daily Briefing special edition held on Monday 18th May 2020.

According to her, incoming travellers can signal start of a second wave infection and so the health team will have to contain such when it begins.

That day, however, the status of full recovery of the individual who had tested positive was announced.

“We all know that we had 15 cases but it is with pleasure this afternoon that I inform you that all 15 cases have recovered,” shared the CMO.

Relative to St.Kitts Nevis, a total of 391 persons have been sampled and tested for the novel coronavirus with 376 of these returned negative and 15 positive results while 815 persons have been released from quarantine.

Average duration of diagnosis to recovery stands at approximately thirty (30) days.

As of Thursday 21st May, there were four persons quarantined at a government facility and zero persons quarantined at home.

Statistics on a global scale provide by the World Health Organization at the time recorded 4,864,881 confirmed positive results with 321,818 deaths.

Sam Condor Publicly Quits Team Unity 16 Days Before Election

Well-known public figure Sam Condor seen during an on camera interview after his press conference on Thursday 21st May 2020 (Spokesman Snap)

BASSETERRE, St.Kitts (Friday 22nd May 2020) – Well-known public figure Sam Condor has quit his relationship with the Team Unity government and is asking voters to be guided by their conscience in the upcoming 5th June 2020 General Elections as a turn of events on the political scene has now seen him now refreshing his support for the St.Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) whose administration and political organisation he left in January 2013.

“Honesty, humility and selfless service have always been my watch words and I will never, never compromise them for anything or anyone. That is why I am at peace with all my decisions past and present, and more importantly, I’m at peace with my God,” he has said.

Two weeks ahead of polling day, at a press conference held at the held on Thursday 21st May 2020 OOJJ’s Conference Center in Camps, he made an address as “citizen Sam Condor” having announced his resignation as St.Kitts-Nevis Ambassador to the United Nations, an appointment of October 2015.

To date, for him, the government has failed to implement the good governance agenda.

“The last election cycle, I advocated for a change that would revert our focus to the values and ideas that have been part of me since my childhood. I was passionate and resolute in my advocacy for a better St.Kitts and Nevis. My decision to break with the St.Kitts-Nevis Labour Party was not made lightly as its stellar leaders over the years have been my mentors but I believe then and still do that I must be true to my ideals and principles; I must be consistent. That was why I co-founded the People’s Labour Party [PLP] and pledged to work hard to instill in it the values and principles of a true people’s Labour party.”

The PLP-headed by Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris who was fired from the SKNLP administration in January 2013- was founded in June 2015.

“Unfortunately, the PLP has deviated from founding principles and I can no longer influence its direction. This issue is so dear to my heart that I’ve determined that I must remain resolute and consistent and so I stand here today before the citizens of St.Kitts and Nevis and my Almighty God very disappointed that my dream of a better St.Kitts and Nevis is not being realized by once idealistic colleagues who in five short years have forgotten why the unity construct and its agenda appealed to so many of our people,” Condor noted.

According to him: “Regrettably, they have failed to implement the good governance agenda that was our mantra of 2015. These good governance measures were deemed urgent and necessary to strengthen our democracy and to end the vicious cycle of recrimination, hostility and tribalism among our people. Unfortunately, we have not seen the focus necessary to address this level of divisiveness in our society and if anything our society is more divided now than it has ever been. I therefore intend to challenge any status quo that does not accord to the principles of fairness and justice; this I’ve done all my life for I deem it essential, indispensable to our continued progress and development and as society and people.”

Condor pointed to issues affecting St.Kitts-Nevis including electoral reform and good governance stability.

“Amidst the unprecedented challenge of the COVID pandemic, we find ourselves struggling with a myriad of problems; some of which should have long been behind us. These include the electoral and constitutional reform, unifying our fractured nation, good governance sustainability and our very survival in a hostile world.”

He went on to say: “Fellow citizens, our ability to rise to the challenge is about to be tested once again. Shall we triumph or will we flounder and perish like so many other once great nations? Today, I challenge each and every citizen to examine his or her conscience and summon the innate strength and courage necessary to make the right and wise decision in the upcoming watershed elections. This is pivotal to our future as we are at the crossroads and must make wise choices on leadership, policy directions and the kind of country we want to live in post COVID-19 and beyond.”

“It is my considered view that this period offers us a fresh start; a new beginning to right the wrongs to a tone , to renew time honoured principles and to keep faith with our ancestors whose sacrifices and struggles we have somehow betrayed,” Condor added.

Additionally, he highlighted that he has been engaged in soul searching.

“I myself have been engaged in serious soul-searching over the past several months, undergoing painstaking introspection and retrospection. The COVID-19 lockdown has afforded me time to pause to reflect and renew my sense of duty and purpose. This introspection confirmed for me that my task is yet unfinished.”

Of his ambassadorial post, he shared: “Indeed, it was for me an honour and privilege to have been afforded the opportunity to serve my country in the said capacity. It is my considered view that a lifetime of public service is the least I can do to give back to St.Kitts and Nevis my country that I owe and love so much,” he commented.

As a former senior SKNLP official, Condor has served as Member of Parliament for Constituency Three (West Basseterre) and Deputy Prime Minister of the Dr. Denzil Douglas-led administration.

Following, the February 2015 General Elections, the fresh three-party Team Unity organisation comprising of the PLP, People’s Action Movement (PAM) and the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) formed the new government ousting the SKNLP.

Duncan ‘Big Lice’ Wattley Talks About Announcement He Plans To Make

BASSETERRE, St.Kitts (Friday 22nd May 2020) –Well-known civil servant and calypsonian Duncan ‘Big Lice’ Wattley- from Cayon- has expressed respect for Sam Condor concerning his decision to resign from government office, and in an exclusive interview with this media house, he gave an insight into an announcement of his own that he plans to make tonight- Friday 22nd May 2020.

“I attended the press conference for the honourable Sam Condor and I think he did justice. I think it was Sam Condor- like. That is what he stands for in terms of being true to his office and he has decided to resign for whatever reason; we have to respect that and I think he gave a good account of himself this morning and we look forward to hearing from him during this campaign time and the future because I think he is a good statesman and I believe that he has a lot to offer to the development of our democracy in St.Kitts and Nevis,” he said.

When asked role he intends to play during this political campaign season, Wattley had this to say: “Well, I will play my part. I have put on Facebook that I will make an announcement; that I have some things to say in line with what is going on and I think that it is important that I say it now because as you say it’s the political season but at the same some things you need to nip in the bud before it gets out of hand and I think that the time is right for me to address certain issues that has been affecting me for over the last couple months now.”

Wattley is of the view that being a civil servant should not prevent him from airing his views.

“Well, I still work for the government. I’m the Director of the Diaspora Affairs Unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; that is my position with regards to government but I still believe that we have a right as citizens to express ourselves and say what we have to say with certain things and that is what I am using to express what I have to say and I don’t think that being a civil servant should prevent me from airing my views and so that is what it is.”

Via a post on his person social media account on Facebook, on Wednesday 20th May, he told “Just need to make an announcement. Friday night at 8:30 pm. Duncan “Big Lice” Wattley will speak live on Facebook. Spread the word.”

Douglas, Newcomer Opponent Talk Representation In Constituency Six

Dr. Denzil Douglas

BASSETERRE, St.Kitts (Friday 22nd May 2020) – Criticism about representation in Constituency Six by newcomer candidate Kevin ‘Nicky’ Williams of the People’s Labour Party (PLP) has been responded to by his running mate, Leader of the St.Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and former Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas.

Kevin ‘Ninky’ Williams

He was at the time responding to a question posed by this media house at an SKNLP press conference held on Tuesday 19th May 2020 regarding recent comments by Williams.

A PLP press release informed of a launch ceremony that was held at Willett Great House in St. Paul’s on Monday 18th May 2020 whereby Williams expressed it was a pleasure to be selected to represent the people of St. Paul’s and Constituency Six noting that he observed that the people have been suffering all the time as a result of poor representation stating that they have always been taken for granted by the leadership, and that is what he is aiming to change.

Williams was quoted, in part, as saying: “We have the right to stand up and counted and not to be counted while sitting down,” said Mr. Williams. “What I want to instill in all of you young guys is to come out and come forward and to show that we have the right as any other constituents. You need proper representation – somebody who will look for you, and this is what I will bring to you guys.”

In addressing Williams’ view, Dr. Douglas remarked: “The matter of neglect of Constituency Number Six by the leadership of the Labour Administration or by the MP elected there for several years coming from ‘Ninky’ is really a big joke because Ninky himself has been a very prominent product of the progressive policies of the St.Kitts-Nevis Labour Party administration and the personal services of the elected representative there.”

Dr. Douglas continued: “I will not of course enhance ‘Ninky’ on this platform but just to say that as a result of our policies, as a result of the formal representation that I myself presented for the benefit of the people of Constituency Number Six and St. Paul’s in particular why he was able to go off to study in Cuba, became a professional person after being enrolled in the St. Kitts-Nevis Defense Force. It is our policy that every young person must realise his dream.”

According him: “The only difference here is that if he is dreaming to become a representative in Number Six that dream will not be realized under me; that’s the only difference but I can assure you that he is the product of the very progressive policies especially enhancing the development of young people that is why I think Ninky can be where he is today so it is a joke for Ninky to say that I have neglected or the Labour government has neglected the people of that constituency. I don’t believe any constituency in this country has advanced more than how we have seen that constituency.”

Speaking about the development of the constituency, Dr. Douglas said: “It was considered before to be the poorest; that is not I believe the label being given to it today. In the human resource development in particular that is a joke. I believe that when I took that constituency for representation in the parliament, I don’t even think you had more than 10 -15 [university] graduates in the whole constituency. Look at it today; they are in every sphere of service in the public and in the private sector.”

“Many of the people from that constituency today are in our hospitals as doctors, as nurses pursuing to a large extent their national responsibilities to serve the interest of the people of St.Kitts and Nevis, and don’t talk about the housing revolution and land distribution evolution that has taken place in the constituency Number Six. So I think again Ninky is apparently seeking ‘noticement’ and attention in making ridiculous statement like those,” he added.

Police Officers Present As Visitors To Electoral Office Increase After ‘Bell Rings’

A glimpse of the visitors outside the Electoral Office on Central Street in Basseterre being monitored by police officers (Spokesman Snap)

BASSETERRE, St.Kitts (Tuesday 19th May 2020)- Police officers have been monitoring the line outside the Electoral Office on Central Street in Basseterre as the numbers of visitors has increased on the heels of the announcement of the 2020 General Elections, slated for Friday 5th May to be followed by the nomination of candidates on Wednesday 27th May.

This media house -which is in close proximity to that the building- has observed that compared to the past one to two weeks amidst the novel coronavirus, today (Tuesday 19th May) has seen a growth in numbers of visitors to that office now under watch by police officers.

Upon a visit to the area, two police officers were seen as visitors lined up, following the social distancing rules.

Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, in an address to the nation on Monday 18th May ‘rung the bell’ in signaling the date for the upcoming election now that the five-year cycle of his administration has ended.

“Yes, a safer and brighter future is possible with Team Unity, and with your mandate we will deliver on this commitment for a stronger and safer future. For that reason, I have asked the Governor General for an election to be called. Election is important and it will bring certainty to our Federation, it will enhance confidence in our Country and, in my view, preserve our democracy.”

He added: “His Excellency has advised me that today, Monday, 18th May, 2020, he will appoint Returning Officers in all eleven (11) constituencies in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis pursuant to the National Assembly Elections Act.”

Dr. Harris went on to say: “His Excellency has further advised that Writs of Election will be issued for the Election of Members to serve in the National Assembly. The date for Nomination of Candidates will be Wednesday, 27th May 2020, and those of you who are registered will vote for the candidate of your choice on Election Day, which is Friday, 5th June 2020.”

Meanwhile Leader of the opposition St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and former Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas, in a response to the election announcement that day commented “Fellow citizens and residents, comrades and friends, the St.Kitts-Nevis Labour Party is very excited that Timothy Harris has finally announced the date for the next general election…”

He said the Party is prepared.

“It is enthusiastic and it is fully mobilized to contest the election with the bounds of the rule of law and in a manner that is free, fair and free from fear to all participating parties , and so I take this opportunity to assure you the NextGenSKN St.Kitts-Nevis Labour Party –the machinery-is organized ; it is well-oiled and it is running on all cylinders.”

According to Dr. Douglas: “Unlike the outgoing regime, our Party is ready and anxious to face the people of St.Kitts and Nevis. We are confident; confident that our citizens and residents have had an opportunity to compare and contrast and have determined that over the last five years our country has bene moving in the wrong direction under a despotic, nepotistic, incompetent and uncaring government.

“The time has come for the people of St.Kitts and Nevis to exercise the power of their franchise and elect the leadership they deserve with joyful expectation for a brighter future for us all.”

Business OwnersEncouraged To Look Out For Masked Intruders

Superintendent Cromwell Henry (SKNIS photo)

BASSETERRE, St.Kitts (Friday 15th May 2020) – Business owners are being advised by police to put measures in place to protect against becoming victims of individuals using masks to carry out criminal activities.

“While we’re on the topic of masks, we cannot overemphasize this too much. There is need for business to take steps to protect your property against persons who may be using mask to conceal their identity for illegal purposes.”

So said superintendent Cromwell Henry during his presentation at the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) COVID-19 Daily Briefing held on Tuesday 12th May 2020.

“You are advised to implement measures to deter such actions. Measures could include restricting the wearing of hoodies, caps, sun shades and ski masks while they’re on your premises, having persons remove the mask temporarily so that your surveillance systems can capture their image or requiring IDs when doing transaction etc.,” he urged.

According to him: “These measures are particularly important at business places where high value items or cash are traded. We remind you that you are responsible for your security and we ask you to take this responsibility serious. The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis police force stands readily to support you in any way that you require; just reach out to us and we will provide support as you seek to secure your premises and property.”

Meanwhile, a suspect is being sort by police in relation to a larceny (robbery) incident that occurred at a business establishment at Port Zante

On Monday 11th May 2020, an employee at the establishment reported that at approximately 11:30 a.m., a male entered the establishment wearing a cap, sunshades and a face mask.

Reportedly, he requested a number of jewellery pieces to try on then left the establishment with the items. The items are valued at EC$11,000.00.

Investigations into the matter are ongoing. Persons with information about this incident are asked to contact the Basseterre Police Station by dialing 465-2241, their nearest Police Station or the crime hotline at 707.

At the COVID-19 Daily Briefing later that day, Superintendent Henry pointed out that while the Small Charges Act prohibited the wearing of masks under normal circumstances, the present emergency regulations have relaxed those provisions temporarily.

As a result, wearing a mask is now a part of several measures that have been implemented to prevent the spread of the coronavirus relevant to section 15 of the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No. 7) Regulations.

On the point of wearing masks outdoors, in accordance with the regulations, “a person shall wear a face mask, covering their nose and mouth- when in a public place- once a period of emergency is declared in relation to COVID-19.”

“We appeal to everyone to be responsible in the wearing of your masks and use them for personal health purposes only. We ask that persons avoid wearing additional pieces such as caps and sun shades that may further disguise you and make others around you uncomfortable,” Superintendent Henry added.