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St Kitts-Elections-Special voting begins

 Members of the security services were casting ballots on Saturday ahead of Monday’s general election in St Kitts and Nevis,  Supervisor of Elections Wingrove George has confirmed.

The February 16 poll is being contested the incumbent St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) and a coalition of opposition parties known as Team Unity.

Timothy Harris (left) is challenging his former leader Dr Denzil Douglas (right) for the leadership of St Kitts and Nevis.

Timothy Harris (left) is challenging his former leader Dr Denzil Douglas (right) for the leadership of St Kitts and Nevis.

The incumbent SKNLPis seeking a fifth consecutive term in office, but faces a challenge from Team Unity, an amalgam of three opposition parties, including the main opposition People’s Action Movement (PAM), the People’s labour Party (PLP) and the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM).

The SKNLP on Thursday announced that it had entered into a cooperation agreement with the Nevis Reformation Party.

There are 132 polling stations in the twin island Federation for the polls, but the Team Unity leader Dr Timothy Harris has raised concern  that the voters list to be used in the election has not yet been made public.

“The list has not been published and the requirement in terms of the law is that for every polling division, the list out to be published at two public places with respect to that particular division.

“With respect to the polling division this would normally be a health centre, a police station, a lamp post where the ordinarily person can go and check,” he told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).

Harris warned that failure to provide the list ahead of the elections was in  contravention of the law. He complained that “candidates who are vying for election . . . have not had a single word, not a formal word or communication, either from the Electoral Commission or the Supervisor of Elections, advising us that they intend to proceed with early voting this year”.

On Thursday, the London-based Privy Council, the island’s highest court, ruled that the polls must be held using the old electoral list, as well as the existing constituency boundaries.

The Organisation of American States is monitoring the process, which Barbadian pollster Peter Wickham has told Barbados TODAY is an open race at this stage.

Election Observers 2 - St kitts

The OAS Electoral Observer Mission is headed by Frank Almaguer (right). Other members are Marcela Garzon (third from right); Paul O. Spencer (third from left) and Political Advisor Melene Glynn (left). OAS Representative to St Kitts and Nevis Terence Craig accompanied the team to a meeting with Premier of Nevis Vance Amory (second from right).

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