St. Kitts – Nevis Electoral Reform Launch
Photo By Erasmus Williams
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
February 04, 2009 (CUOPM)
The new Voters List posted by the Electoral Office has over 28,500 registered voters.
This is according to information obtained from the Electoral Office.
Following the electoral reform exercise in St. Kitts and Nevis, which saw the confirmation of registered voters between December 2007 and October 2008 and the registration of new eligible voters, some 28,542 persons are registered on the Voters List at the end of December 2008.
21,692 persons are registered in St. Kitts and 6,850 are registered in Nevis and have been issued with National Identification Cards for the first time.
Information obtained from the Planning Unit shows the number of registered voters for the election years from 1980 to 2004 are as follows: 1980 ““ 19,927; 1984 ““ 24,504; 1989 ““ 26,481; 1993 ““ 28,987; 1995 ““ 31,726; 2000 ““ 34,162; 2004 ““ 38,865.
In June 2006, the St. Kitts and Nevis National Assembly approved the road map to electoral reform and the process was officially launched in August of that year.
Extensive national consultations were held in the Federation, Anguilla, St. Maarten, the United States Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom and following several committee meetings, the necessary legislation was passed in the National Assembly.