Published On: Thu, May 21st, 2015

Electoral process legislation promised for St Kitts-Nevis

new_parliament2015BASSETERRE, St Kitts - Legislation regarding the electoral process in St Kitts and Nevis can be expected during the term of the new Team Unity administration.

An announcement to that effect was made during Thursday’s Throne Speech in Parliament, delivered by the governor general’s recently appointed deputy, Tapley Seaton QC.

The government said it intends restoring good governance, which it contends was eroded by the previous administration. An investigation into the electoral office is something Attorney General Vincent Byron has been reporting on. He said a preliminary report will be made shortly.

The opposition St Kitts Nevis Labour Party has criticized the government for closing the electoral office, accusing it of denying the public the essential right to register to vote.

Byron has given assurances that the situation will soon be regularised. Asked whether the investigation could result in court action for alleged crimes, Byron said that would depend on the evidence discovered by the investigators.

By Ken Richards

Caption: Government members in the new parliament in St Kitts and Nevis

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