Charlestown Nevis (July 4, 2006) July 3, Nomination Day, saw ten persons being nominated to contest the July 10th 2006 polls, when the recent announcement was made that local elections would be held by the Honourable Mr. Vance Amory at a rally in Hardtimes, Gingerland.Addressing the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, on local television, ZBC, Channel 5 and 6 respectively, Supervisor of Elections, Mr. Leroy Benjamin confirmed that the Writ of Election issued by His Excellency the Governor General, Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, with regards to the Nevis Island Assembly Elections on July 10, 2006 was given effect on Monday July 3, 2006.
He noted that the nominees represented two political parties, the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) and the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) and were given an assigned symbol.
“The total number of Registered Voters for the Nevis Island Assembly (NIA) 2006 Elections is 8,799. This represents the revised voters role for the year 2005-2006 and January to April 2006 Revised Voters List,” said Mr. Benjamin.
He also called upon eligible voters to examine the Registrar to make sure that their names are listed before going to the polls. “Check the lists to know where your Polling Station would be,” he said. “Polling Day is Monday July 10th 2006. There are 23 Polling Stations to accommodate voters in five Electoral Districts. A list of the locations of Polling Stations will appear in local newspapers and posted at the Electoral Office in Nevis and other conspicuous places in each of the Electoral Districts or Constituencies.”
There were five persons each nominated by two registered voters from within each constituency for both parties contesting the election. The symbols assigned to each party are the Hammer for the Concerned Citizens Movement and the Bottle for the Nevis Reformation Party.
For the Parish of St. Pauls, Nevis, the candidates are A Michael Perkins returning for the second time as the candidate for the CCM while Robelto Hector, first time as a candidate for the NRP.
For the Parish of St. John, Nevis, the candidates are the incumbent Malcolm Guishard for the fourth time as the candidate for the CCM while Hensley Daniel, second time around as the candidate for the NRP.
For the Parish of St. George, Nevis, the candidates are the incumbent Vance Amory for the fifth time as the candidate for the CCM while Patricia Hanley, first time as a candidate for the NRP.
For the Parish of St. James, Nevis, the candidates are the incumbent Jean Harrris for the third time as a candidate for the CCM while Patrice Nisbett, second time around as the candidate for the NRP.
For the Parish of St. Thomas, Nevis, the candidates are incumbent Joseph Parry for the fifth time as a candidate for the NRP while Gene Herbert first time as a candidate for the CCM.
Although it has been predicted that the ruling party, the Concerned Citizens Movement party would return to the helm, the nomination of candidates yesterday saw the beginning of the battle for the best party to run the affairs of the Nevis Island Assembly.
The Supervisor of Elections has called upon all to ensure a peaceful election as he seeks the support and cooperation of the general public.