No result yet in St Kitts and Nevis elections

BASSETERRE, St Kitts – The opposition grouping, Team Unity, Tuesday appealed for “calm” after the state-owned radio and television station said that there would be no more announcements of election results of Monday’s general election.

“Let us be calm, you will duly expressed will have life and substance,” said Team Unity leader Dr. Timothy Harris said in a radio broadcast.

Almost 12 hours after polling stations closed, the state-owned ZIZ radio announced early Tuesday that there would be no more announcement of results.

“The count in St. Kitts-Nevis has come to a halt. The Supervisor of Elections has advised that for the rest of this morning in any event, no further public announcement will be made in respect of the count.

“We wait to hear what exactly has transpired in the last hour or so that we had the delay which would have led to us being in this situation,” said the announcer on the state-owned radio and television station.

She said at the moment three seats had been declared for the ruling St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party/Nevis Reformation Party and one for Team Unity.

“St. Kitts-Nevis still stands waiting to see what the outcome of the elections in St. Kitts-Nevis will be. We continue to monitor the situation . . . and keep you informed,” the announcer said.

There has been no confirmation of the statement read out on ZIZ radio and tekevision, the official broadcaster of the election results.

Efforts to contact the Supervisor of Elections Wingrove George have so far been fruitless.

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 elections had been contested between the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) and Team Unity, an amalgam of three opposition parties.

They were seeking control of the 15-member National Assembly.

Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas was aiming to become the first regional leader to win five consecutive general elections.

Last week when the London-based Privy Council, the island’s final court, ruled that the elections should be fought on the existing boundaries after the opposition legislators had been successful in getting it to reverse earlier court rulings that the procedures undertaken to ensure that the voting takes places on new boundaries had been followed. (CMC)

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