2010 Saint Kitts and Nevis general election

2010 Saint Kitts and Nevis general election

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11 of 15 seats to the National Assembly
6 seats needed for a majority
Turnout 79.81%
  First party Second party
  Denzil L Douglas.jpg Lindsay Fitz-Patrick Grant.jpg
Leader Denzil Douglas Lindsay Grant
Party SKNLP PAM
Leader since 1989
Leader's seat St Christopher #6 St Christopher #4 (lost election)
Last election 7 seats, 50.6% 1 seat, 31.7%
Seats won 6 2
Seat change Decrease1 Increase1
Popular vote 12,227 8,393
Percentage 47.0% 32.2%
Swing Decrease3.6% Increase0.5%

  Third party Fourth party
  Nevis Amory.jpg
Leader Vance Amory Joseph Parry
Party CCM NRP
Leader since 1987
Leader's seat Nevis #10 Did not run
Last election 2 seats, 8.8% 1 seat, 7.5%
Seats won 2 1
Seat change Steady Steady
Popular vote 2,860 2,539
Percentage 11.0% 9.8%
Swing Increase2.2% Increase2.3%

Prime Minister before election

Denzil Douglas
SKNLP

Elected Prime Minister

Denzil Douglas
SKNLP

General elections were held in Saint Kitts and Nevis on 25 January 2010 for eleven of the fourteen or fifteen seats in the National Assembly. The other three or four members of the National Assembly will be appointed by the Governor-General after the elections.

The ruling Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP), led by Prime Minister Denzil Douglas, won a fourth term in office.[1][2] It was opposed in the campaign by the opposition People's Action Movement (PAM), led by Lindsay Grant. Both parties received much of their support from the island of Saint Kitts, which chooses eight of the eleven elected members of the National Assembly.[3]

On the neighboring island of Nevis, local parties, including the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) and the Concerned Citizens' Movement (CCM), vied for three seats in the National Assembly. Support from Nevisian political parties could decide control of the national government in a tight election.[3]

The continuing economic crisis was a major issue in the campaign.[3] The national debt of Saint Kitts and Nevis had risen to US$2 billion under the SKNLP government,[4] roughly $50,000 per citizen. Prime Minister Denzil Douglas shrugged off accusations that he had let the debt spiral upward during his fifteen years in office:

"It is important for me to state that St. Kitts and Nevis has never missed any payments on the national debt under Labour. This is very important. Many countries owe less, but are repeatedly unable to service their debt." [4]

Background

Before the 2010 election, the Labour Party controlled seven of the eight seats allocated to the island of Saint Kitts in the Assembly. The opposition People's Action Movement (PAM) controlled the other Saint Kitts seat. From nearby Nevis, the Concerned Citizens' Movement (CCM) controlled two of Nevis' three seats in the Assembly, while the opposition Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) controlled the other seat.[5]

Prime Minister Douglas, speaking to a crowd of approximately 15,000 in Basseterre on 9 January 2010, announced the dates for the upcoming election. He set Nomination Day for 15 January 2010, with the general election to be held on 25 January.[5]

Conduct

Armed police had to respond to protests alleging voting irregularities in the constituency where the PAM leader Lindsay Grant was up against Glen "Ghost" Phillips of the SKNLP. PAM supporters contended that "outsiders" were being brought into the Half Way Tree Community Centre, seven miles (11 km) from the capital Basseterre, to vote.[6] Elsewhere in the country, voting was reported to be calm "amidst overcast skies following some intermittent morning showers."[7]

Results

On Saint Kitts, the SKNLP won six out of the eight seats. The PAM gained a new National Assembly member, Eugene Hamilton, while PAM deputy leader Shawn Richards retained his seat.[1] Prime Minister Denzil Douglas retained his seat for Constituency Six by a margin of 1905 votes to 179.[2]

On Nevis, the Concerned Citizens' Movement (CCM) won two seats, with the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) taking the third.[1]

Saint-Christophe-et-Nieves Assemblee 2010.svg
Party Votes % Seats +/–
Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party 12,227 46.96 6 –1
People's Action Movement 8,393 32.24 2 +1
Concerned Citizens' Movement 2,860 10.99 2 0
Nevis Reformation Party 2,539 9.75 1 0
Independents 16 0.06 0 New
Appointed members 4 0
Total 26,035 100.00 15 0
Valid votes 26,035 99.56
Invalid/blank votes 115 0.44
Total votes 26,150 100.00
Registered voters/turnout 32,764 79.81
Source: Caribbean Elections

References

  1. ^ a b c St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party elected to a fourth consecutive term in office – Two new comers on the Labour Party Parliamentary slate and one more for the opposition, ZIZ News, 26 January 2010, archived from the original on July 16, 2011
  2. ^ a b "Labour Party wins fourth term in St. Kitts-Nevis general elections". Dominica News Online. Roseau, Dominica. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "St Kitts and Nevis on final stretch", Stabroek News, 23 January 2010
  4. ^ a b "St. Kitts voters cast ballots in early elections", Washington Post, 25 January 2010 [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b "January 25th Election Day for St Kitts and Nevis". Caribbean360. 8 January 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Army, police called to quell St Kitts election disturbance", Jamaica Observer, 25 January 2010, archived from the original on 28 January 2010 .
  7. ^ Voters turn out in numbers to cast their ballots ... percentage of voter turn out could be high, ZIZ News, 25 January 2010, archived from the original on July 16, 2011

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