St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Electoral Reform, expected to take off this year, is already being worked on, Prime Minister Timothy Harris told Parliament Thursday (Feb 16).
Prime Minister Harris made reference to the appointment of a new chairman of the Electoral Commission.
“The Honourable Attorney General with the advice of the cabinet, we have brought forward the name of Nazibou Butler as the chairman of the electoral commission, so we have a brand new chairman. What is to be done is being done. Can the commission function now? Yes. It has all of its membership to function.”
The Prime Minister also commented on the work of the Supervisor of Elections, and activity related to the voters’ list.
“He is working in compliance with the law, getting the registers ready, the voters list went out on time. So those things that have to be administratively they are not being neglected by the government. Early in our term we brought a bill to deal with the amendment of the election laws as the relate to early voting something which the majority of persons on St Kitts and Nevis rejected, we finished with the early voting, that is a part of the electoral reform. So we have been doing things and the enumeration exercise will start.”
Dr Harris indicated that the practice of people registering to vote where they do not leave will be dealt with decisively.
“So the cheatingness that allows persons from one constituency to go and register where they do not live we will bring an end to it by law and we will improve on the penalty in relation to that mischief. So those persons who know they are voting where they ought not to vote we send you a warning that we shall be harsh in relation to the penalty and cut out that operation from the democratic process.”