PM Douglas Rules Out December General Elections

St. Kitts - Nevis PM - Dr. Denzil Douglas

St. Kitts – Nevis PM – Dr. Denzil Douglas
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Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
December 09, 2009 (CUOPM)

St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has ruled out a December general election.

Prime Minister Douglas ‘ parliamentary term automatically ends on 16 December, following which an election must be called within 90 days.

In a telephone interview with BBC Caribbean, Tuesday afternoon, Prime Minister Douglas said Parliament can still be dissolved before December 16th as under the constitution, the Prime Minister can request His Excellency the Governor General to dissolve Parliament at anytime.

“We can have the elections at any time after its dissolution, but I am one of those who believe that people should be allowed to have uninterrupted. Christmas is a time for unity among families and friends and so I would not want to in any way disrupt what has been a longstanding family tradition. I would safely say that the elections would be held in the New Year,” said Prime Minister Douglas.

BBC Caribbean also reported on the latest opinion poll conducted by the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) in the last two weeks of November that revealed that the ruling St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party would win a fourth consecutive term in office, without increasing the number of seats it currently holds in parliament.

The Labour Party controls seven of the 8 seats on St. Kitts in the 11-seat National Assembly.

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