Parry: NRP in Election mode
- Published on Wednesday, 29 August 2012 09:09
- Written by Andre Huie
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Charlestown, Nevis (WINN): Nevis Premier Joseph Parry says he accepts the ruling of the Court of Appeal in the petition that invalidated the election of his Former Deputy Premier Hensley Daniel, and indicated Tuesday that his Nevis Reformation was in election mode.
“And I want to say that NRP has won already and NRP will win again. I’m not going to play around with that,” he said during his weekly In Touch with the Premier radio programme.
“I want all those persons feel that we should be in government, who feel that we’ve done a good job running government, understand this, that the Court has made its decision and we have accepted the Court’s decision, but the decision of the people will be in the people’s court. “
He said Mr. Daniel had done the right thing by resigning following the Appeal Court ruling upholding an earlier ruling by the Lower Court that his election in last July’s Island Elections was invalid and void.
“Minister Daniel is needed in government and we need for you to put him back there. It cannot be done in a week, it cannot be done in a month, but I expect you to do it,” Premier Parry said.
He reiterated the importance of people registering to vote where they live.
“That principle has not changed. Nothing that happened yesterday has changed that. That is the law. People must register where they live otherwise they can be objected to, and this process will continue.”
One of the key arguments of the petitioner Mark Brantley of the Concerned Citizens Movement centered around the removal of some 200 previously registered voters from the Voters List.
The NRP argued that they were improperly registered, charging that many did not live where they registered, while Mr. Brantley argued that they were disenfranchised as the proper process to remove them was not followed. The Lower Court and Appeal Court agreed.
Meanwhile, Mr. Parry took aim at St. Kitts Opposition Peoples Action Movement (PAM) that called for the resignation of Supervisor of Elections Mr. Leroy Benjamin.
“The People’s Action Movement has a problem with Nevis. The People’s Action Movement believe that they cannot win an election in St. Kitts unless Nevis is with them. Since 1993 I have told them they cannot continue to use Nevis,” the Nevis Premier told his listeners Tuesday.
“I just want to say this, PAM need to go widen their base in St. Kitts and leave Nevis alone. We are not here to satisfy them, we are not here to play second cousin to them or play the poor sister to them.”
The People’s Action Movement charging that it too had had issues with the Elections Supervisor for years, called Monday for his resignation in the wake of the Appeal Court ruling that reprimanded him for his conduct. The Justices found that Mr. Benjamin had acted with “reckless indifference as to whether he was breaking the law or causing injury.”
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