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Privy Council: St. Kitts/Nevis elections to be held on old constituency boundaries

-It's a big victory for Team UNITY, the coalition of three Opposition parties, and a defeat for the Dr Denzil L. Douglas administration
The Privy Council ruled that Orders made by the Appeal Court and High Court be set aside and that the interim injunction granted on January 16, 2015 by High Court Judge Marlene Carter regarding constituency boundaries be restored. Photo: WINN
Dr the Hon Timothy S. Harris (centre), Leader of Team UNITY, came to the Territory in December 2014 and spoke of a number of issues regarding the Dr Denzil L. Douglas administration. To his left is Julian Willock CEO of Advance Marketing and Professional Services who coordinated the visit and to his right is Hon Eugene A. Hamilton who accompanied Dr Harris to the VI. Photo: VINO
Dr the Hon Timothy S. Harris (centre), Leader of Team UNITY, came to the Territory in December 2014 and spoke of a number of issues regarding the Dr Denzil L. Douglas administration. To his left is Julian Willock CEO of Advance Marketing and Professional Services who coordinated the visit and to his right is Hon Eugene A. Hamilton who accompanied Dr Harris to the VI. Photo: VINO
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts and Nevis, WI - The London-based Privy Council today Thursday February 12, 2015 ruled that federal elections in St. Kitts and Nevis, on Monday February 16, shall be held on the old constituency boundaries and not on those declared by Governor- General Sir Edmund Lawrence, by Proclamation, on January 16, according to a news report online by West Indies News Network (WINN).

The report said that in an oral Judgment, delivered just after 10 o’clock Eastern Caribbean Time, the Privy Council ruled that Orders made by the Appeal Court and High Court be set aside and that the interim injunction granted on January 16, 2015 by High Court Judge Marlene Carter be restored.

“The Board will humbly advise Her Majesty that the Appeal should be allowed. That the Orders made by Madame Justice Marlene Carter on the 27th January 2015, and by the Court of Appeal on 5th February 2015, be set aside and the interim injunction granted by Madame Justice Carter on 16th January, 2015 be restored,” the report said.

According to the WINN report, "it is determined and ordered that, firstly, the list to be used in the said election is and shall be that existing prior to and apart from the Proclamation bearing the Reference # 2 of 2015, purportedly issued and published by the Governor General in Extraordinary Gazette #3 bearing the date 16th January, 2015.”

Government lawyers had argued that High Court Judge Marlene Carter ruled that the Proclamation was duly published and that Attorney-General Jason Hamilton had submitted an affidavit to that effect.

Opposition lawyers argued that the events of January 16, 2015 were calculated to deny the Opposition access to the court and as such was designed to remove their right to protection under the law.

On Friday January 16, 2015 an Emergency Sitting of Parliament was convened at close to 4.15 pm, moments after the Constituency Boundaries Commission signed, by majority vote, new constituency boundaries.

In less than three hours that day, a Proclamation was put before Speaker Curtis Martin in the National Assembly, approved by the government benches, signed by the Governor General Sir Edmund Lawrence, reportedly published in the Official Gazette, and a Proclamation for the Dissolution of Parliament was signed by Sir Edmund and read from the steps of Government Headquarters, on Church Street, by Prime Minister Dr. Denzil L. Douglas.

Opposition parliamentarians expressed outrage that they received notice of the meeting just minutes before Parliament was convened. They also decried the conduct of Speaker Martin who they claimed ignored their constitutional right to fully debate the Proclamation.

Visiting the Territory of the Virgin Islands in December 2014, Head of the Team UNITY coalition Dr Timothy S. Harris at a press conference spoke of some of the atrocities of the Douglas administration and of its disregard for the will of the people of St Kitts and Nevis. He also outlined some of the plans that Team UNITY has for the country and how it is that people would benefit from a change in the government of St Kitts and Nevis.

For example he spoke of the Douglas administration's disregard for a Motion of No Confidence brought against his Government two years ago and the way in which they have managed the country’s Citizen by Investment programme, opening the country to abuse of its citizenship privileges by persons otherwise ineligible to travel to the US or Canada and causing the visa free entry to Canada to citizens of St Kitts and Nevis to be withdrawn.

He said that one of the first orders of business for Team UNITY when in government is to restore good relations with Canada and the benefits that derive from it.

18 Responses to “Privy Council: St. Kitts/Nevis elections to be held on old constituency boundaries ”

  • bat cave (12/02/2015, 13:00) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
    Good news doggie gone
    • LABOUR (12/02/2015, 13:22) Like (11) Dislike (13) Reply
      He will still win.
    • lawless Dougie (12/02/2015, 15:00) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
      yes this man Douggie you see today ,we will see no more after Monday Feb,16th
    • unknown (12/02/2015, 15:26) Like (5) Dislike (13) Reply
      Doggie aint going no where you all can make all the noise you all want labour wining once again, smoke that.
    • idk (12/02/2015, 17:18) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
      In your dreams. Labor going to whip that so call Unity..unity my behind
  • pat (12/02/2015, 14:01) Like (13) Dislike (10) Reply
    Just like the ndp worthless self Denzel Labour will be gone after Monday hip hip horay
  • qc (12/02/2015, 15:07) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    this is good news for demorecy
  • voter (12/02/2015, 17:25) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    The praises went up and the blessings come down as the good Lord above doesn't sleep nor slumber as the evil that Duggie and his cronies continue to do will one day come back to haunt them. Just listen to this man today after the Privy Council made their verdict that PAM is responsible for this and no one can make any changes to what he has done and as usual he is the only boss in SKN. Oh how foolish. As if he is above the law and above God.Now my advice to the electorate go out and vote don't stay at home whether old or new boundaries and to those of you in the diaspora who are coming home to vote search your hearts your minds and vote for a change and that change should be to vote in a new government in the form of Team Unity. God bless you.
  • Just thinking (12/02/2015, 22:17) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    It's as if Denzel D have a huge stock of Lies and evil in their arsenal like the NDP here in the BVI and randomly choose when and where to unleash them?
  • bb (13/02/2015, 00:39) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Clean sweep for unity
  • Plank (13/02/2015, 07:17) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    hmmmm. this look like war, no party is going to take lose lying down, SK is known as the little JA, too much guns too much gangsters, I was going to SK, I change my mind,
  • voter (13/02/2015, 08:30) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    PM Duggie continue to be a stranger to the truth I listened to an interview by one of winn fm presentators and he continues to rant and rage that the boundaries are not fair and illegal and that he has won on them 4 times and he can and will run on them again and again. You see the contradiction. That man needs to go and live in Dubai or Nigeria by his friend Goodluck Jonathan and those destroying the lives of the Nigerians and it seems as if thatS what he wants for the citizens of SKN. No way time for a change, time to change the dictatorship in Sugar City and Queen City. Yes St Kitts sweet and Nevis nice.Two islands one paradise
  • Honesty is the best policy (13/02/2015, 09:47) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I had the pleasure see how those Five (5) Lord's turn the Government lawyer upside down. it was a pleasure seeing the Privy Council stream live for all to see and hear. every law students should have been clued to the internet to watch this case. We are ever grateful to VON radio for bring it live also. Anything that started wrong has to end wrong. yes Douggie will continue to scheme and treat at all cost to win , heaven know what his has to hide inside there that he don't wants us to find out. One of the thing that make me laugh was when one of the Lord's was going through the emails and he saw an email address that said LABOUR DOG at hotmail.com and he repeating it in his English Accent "Labour Dog" and the answer came back its the Supervisor of Elections... we need a Jail cell for Douggie, supervisor of election, Attorney General and the Governor.
  • @honesty is the best policy (13/02/2015, 11:26) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    You couldn't have said it better. That man as he speaks is so hot headed and listens to no one. He's greediness too is one that got him where he is. If he had only put up one of his candidates to take his place the majority would have been on his side and with the amount of boastfulness and the only boss SKN has, look at how peewish his fellow candidates look at this moment begging the people to now vote for them and having to take down billboards where they were not supposed to be and from the very start he begins and continue to confuse and frustrate the electorate .Anyway dark clouds have been hanging over SKN for a good while now and we are now having showers of blessings, will send some to the BVI . However, continue to keep us in your prayers as we need it now going into the elections on Monday and after
  • voter (14/02/2015, 03:11) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    You all may have confusion in SKN for elections. As never in the history of SKN that there will be one polling station and that is the same place where candidates were nominated. With that amount of people. So therefore the people of Tabernacle will have to vote in Cayon while Cayon people will have to vote in St Peters. This man is a dictator .What does this man has to hide and why he doesn't want to give up power. People come home and vote this man out
  • voter (14/02/2015, 22:10) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Duggie is gonna get a big jail the Privy Council made a judgement and he is going against it and tell his supporters that they are voting on the new boundaries. No one was supposed to vote today at all as these same voters can vote at different locations on Monday .This man is desperate to hold on to power. Persons are turning up at the various airports to the cancelation of flights and also told to find their return tickets as they came to vote for unity. Those who voted today their ballots would be in the care of the big COP until Monday and no list provided of those and most voted without showing voters ID.It is a shame to see some civil servants who are not to show their political colours like policemen, teachers,etc up and down in their red and want to tell others not to wear their various colors.A big and special jail will be needed for the COP, the supervisor of election,the speaker of HOA,the attorney general ,the governor general and the big BOSS.
  • Unity is Strength (16/02/2015, 18:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Many turn out to vote at various polling stations to find out that their names are not there or their names can be found on two lists but not the main one.Many from the constituency 6 were asked to spread out so it was told that it was slow in that area. Then in the wee hours of the morning a break in and burning of Marcella office as a stir of distraction as not even the Beresford Hammond show could have shaken the Opposition in the final campaign moment as one lady said people can't done.it is also shameful to see many person for the SKNLP wear their red campaign shirts mark SKNY or St.Kitts Sexy.so many irregularities. Only the good Lord can help the opposition


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