BASSETERRE: St. Kitts & Nevis will hold General Elections on February 16. Nomination Day is tomorrow.
According to Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas, the Governor General has dissolved the National Assembly at his request.
“The dissolution of the National Assembly brings the life of that parliament to an end (and) there must now be General Elections for the purpose of the election of members to serve in the National Assembly,” he said during a national broadcast.
Dr. Douglas expressed gratitude to the Federation’s residents for their support.
“Five years ago, you assigned to the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party a most important responsibility,” he said. “You assigned to us the complex and demanding task of leading this country. And for this, we thank you.
Indeed, your votes made clear your desire to have the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party fill 75 per cent of the seats in St. Kitts. And for that – again – we thank you.”
Douglas said his government has embraced the responsibility that was placed upon them by the people of St. Kitts & Nevis during troubling economic times.
“No-one in our Federation could have known, at the time of our country’s last election, that the world would practically spin out of control in years to come, with a global crisis lurching and lumbering ever forward, wreaking havoc in one country after another.
“That is what makes all that the government and people of St. Kitts & Nevis have been able to achieve, over the past five years, so extraordinary: In an era of terrifying global mayhem, my government presented to you our very own economic blueprint to safety, and – though difficult at the time – you rewarded us with your faith. My government put forward our specially crafted economic approaches and programs, and you put forward your invaluable cooperation and trust,” he said.
Douglas said despite the global economic crisis, his government has made significant accomplishments that have benefitted St. Kitts & Nevis.
“We, the government and people of St. Kitts & Nevis have created, in the words of the Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, ‘the one bright spot of the Caribbean’. Together, we produced the highest rate of economic growth in the Eastern Caribbean in 2013, the second highest in CARICOM, and are projected to lead all of CARICOM in 2014. We have attracted more foreign direct investment than any of our neighbours; we have provided life-altering and lucrative skills training to thousands of nationals cost-free.
“Land for housing and farming has expanded exponentially, and we are now an exporter of agricultural produce to neighbouring countries and territories. Once a high-debt country, your government has slashed the nation’s debt in half and the Federation is now the best performing regional nation in terms of meeting debt to GDP targets – and we are doing so years ahead of schedule.
“Fellow nationals, residents, you elected my government in 2010 to demonstrate the validity of our vision and the extent of our capabilities. And we did. Not simply in an era of global normalcy, but in an era of grave global crisis and volatility. We have given our very best. And we are grateful that our best has so positively and dramatically transformed the lives of our country’s men, women, and children – not only for now, but for generations to come,” he said.
Douglas said the election will determine the fate of the Federation.
“Let us, as always therefore, seek God’s guidance and wisdom as we are casting our ballots, in order that we might do so, at that moment, both wisely and well,” he said.