St Kitts-Nevis Team Unity supporters celebrate “victory”

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Team Unity supporters outside government headquarters (CMC Photo)

Peter Richards

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Tuesday February 17, 2015, CMC – Thousands of supporters of the opposition grouping, Team Unity, took to the streets here on Tuesday to celebrate the “victory” of the party despite no official winner in Monday’s general election being announced.

The supporters gathered outside government headquarters in the heart of the capital, calling on the incumbent Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas to concede defeat.

“This is not a calypso show, Go Denzil”, read some of the placards by the supporters who were watched by heavily armed police officers.

The ruling St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) had entered the election in an accommodation with the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) telling the public it was the best party suited to continue the socio-economic development of the twin-island federation.

But Team Unity had urged supporters it was time for there to be “Prosperity for All” and accused the outgoing administration of nepotism, corruption and mismanagement of the economy.

The party had campaigned on the theme ““Better Days are coming” and had urged its “family” of voters to ensure that they remove the incumbent from office.

Both parties had fielded 11 candidates each for the 15-seat National Assembly, but more than 12 hours after polling stations closed, the state-owned ZIZ radio announced early Tuesday that there would be no more announcement of election results.

“The count in St. Kitts-Nevis has come to a halt. The Supervisor of Elections has advised that for the rest of this morning in any event, no further public announcement will be made in respect of the count.

“We wait to hear what exactly has transpired in the last hour or so that we had the delay which would have led to us being in this situation,” said the announcer on the state-owned radio and television station.

She said at the moment three seats had been declared for the ruling St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party/Nevis Reformation Party and one for Team Unity.

“St.. Kitts-Nevis still stands waiting to see what the outcome of the elections in St. Kitts-Nevis will be. We continue to monitor the situation …and keep you informed,” the announcer said.

There has been no confirmation of the statement read out on ZIZ radio and tekevision, the official broadcaster of the election results. Efforts to contact the Supervisor of Elections Wingrove George have so far been fruitless.

Team Unity leader Dr. Timothy Harris Tuesday appealed for “calm” saying that the will of the people will not be defeated.

“Let us be calm, you will duly expressed will have life and substance,” said Team Unity leader Dr. Timothy Harris said in a radio broadcast.

“I have been advised that the Supervisor of Elections had made a statement which supposedly purport to bring an end to further announcement and counts etc at this time and I will go on to say to the public be clam.

“Clearly the public know there has been now a movement for change from the results that have been made similarly made available to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis. Clearly what the supervisor is purporting to do cannot be done and will not be sanctioned by right thinking people in St. Kitts-Nevis.”

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