Grenada Prime Minister calls on Supervisor of Elections to declare the results of the St. Kitts elections

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 2:35 PM- St. George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, February 17, 2015 - GIS: Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, on Tuesday, called on the Supervisor of Elections in St. Kitts-Nevis, Wingrove George, to declare the results of the elections held on Monday.

Prime Minister Mitchell issued his appeal Tuesday morning as voters in the twin island federation waited for the Electoral Commission to officially release the results.

“From what I understood is happening is that the supervisor stopped counting votes in certain constituencies and this is rather frightening,” Dr. Mitchell said in a GIS interview.

“Therefore my own position and speaking on behalf of the government and people of Grenada..is that I am calling on the supervisor of elections to declare the results of the elections as the people expect..the people have voted, let the mandate of the people prevail and that’s the way I see it,” Prime Minister Mitchell said.

Voters cast ballots in favor of Team Unity, an amalgam of three opposition parties to form the next government in St. Kitts-Nevis.

Team Unity led by Economist Dr. Timothy Harris has announced that it had won at least seven of the 11 seats that were at stake in Monday’s poll.

“It is therefore disheartening and difficult to understand that as we sit here this morning that the people of St. Kitts have not had an official statement from the supervisor of elections as far as the results are concerned,” Dr. Mitchell said.

“Therefore the entire Caribbean region is certainly looking at this and cannot sit by and allow what is happening in St. Kitts to continue”.

Prime Minister Mitchell says Grenada does not want to interfere with the internal politics of St. Kitts but he feels the pain for what the people are going through.

He says the development in St. Kitts has implications for the entire Caribbean:

“My heart right now aches for the people of St. Kitts and by implication the Caribbean region as a whole …whatever happens in one country in the region in terms of the perception of the democratic process and the principles of our parliamentary system certainly affects every single Caribbean country as a whole,” the Grenadian leader said.

“So I ache for St. Kitts and I ache for the people of the region at this time. In our normal process of elections in this region, we have a name for meeting the fundamental principles of our parliamentary system and especially as far as our elections are concerned”.







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