Poll says Kittitians want boundary changes before elections

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, November 30, 2009 – While St Kitts and Nevis’ two main political parties battle over whether there should be changes to constituency boundaries ahead of elections due in March, a poll has discovered that citizens themselves see the need for adjustments.

According to Minister of State for Information Nigel Carty, the poll conducted by the Barbados-based based Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) earlier this month found that 58 percent of the people believe that the boundaries are flawed and need revision.

He added that a majority believe that the boundaries should be changed before the elections and a similar majority understood that boundary changes are part of the commitment by the Government to complete the electoral reform process.

However, he did not give further details.

The ruling St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party and the opposition People’s Action Movement (PAM) have been engaging the courts as the Denzil Douglas administration tries to implement boundary changes before general elections are held.

The election is constitutionally due by March next year but no announcement of the date has been made as yet.

PAM leader Lindsay Grant has insisted that the changes are too “last minute” and that there would be insufficient time for public involvement in the process if constituency boundaries were to be changed before the next general elections.

Last Thursday, he led supporters in a march through the capital, to demonstrate efforts by the government to push through the adjustments to the constituency boundaries.