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News Americas, BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Tues. June 9, 2020: A day after Dr. Timothy Harris of the Team Unity coalition was sworn in as the prime minister for another 5 years of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, opposition leader of the St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party, Dr Denzil Douglas, accused the three-party coalition of “hijacking” the June 5th General Elections.
“I remain deeply disturbed that the hope, prosperity, and opportunity that lay in wait …has been hijacked in large measure by the many irregularities and anomalies that took place in our electoral and voting processes,” Dr. Douglas declared on Monday. “I cannot, in good conscience, concede the election as being free, fair, and free from fear.”
Dr. Douglas added that there were “…. serious, significant irregularities in the process which we believe have affected the results” and the Party “… is in the process of examining and compiling evidence with a view to taking serious action on these matters in the future.”
“I therefore reserve my congratulations until these matters have been duly resolved,” he said. “We will continue to fight for our people’s justice. We cannot allow our election principles, processes and procedures to be compromised. True democracy must flourish in our Federation!”
Team Unity scored a resounding 9-2 victory against the St Kitts Nevis Labour Party and the Nevis Reformation Party, according to results published by Supervisor of Elections Elvin Bailey Saturday Night.
The Team Unity coalition won with Lindsay Grant in Constituency (4), Shawn Richards Constituency (5), Timothy Harris Constituency (7), Mark Brantley Constituency (9) Eric Evelyn Constituency (10) Alexis Jeffers Constituency (11) Akilah Byron Nisbett Constituency (3), Jonel Powell Constituency (2) and Eugene Hamilton Constituency (8). Three Ministers in the Nevis Island Administration will form part of the Federal Government of St. Kitts and Nevis.They are Premier of Nevis Mark Brantley, Deputy Premier Hon. Alexis Jeffers, and Senior Minister Hon. Eric Evelyn, of the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) who contested the Federation’s June 5th General Elections on a Team Unity ticket and were victorious.
The Saint Kitts and Labour Party won only two seats with Dr. Denzil Douglas winning Constituency (6) and Dr. Geoffrey Hanley Constituency (1).
The CARICOM Election Observation Mission to the June 5, 2020 General Elections in St. Kitts and Nevis has concluded that the results of the elections reflect the will of the people. The Mission, in a preliminary statement, said its assessment of the Election Day activities was that the voters were able to cast their ballots without intimidation or fear.
And CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley dispatched a congratulatory note to the elected government.