Government of St. Kitts-Nevis remains committed to the rule of law and keeping people safe in upcoming elections

Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 23, 2020 (SKNIS): Prime Minister Dr. The Honourable Timothy Harris said the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis remains committed to the Rule of Law, as well as ensuring the safety of its citizens.

“My Government is committed to keeping our people safe. Indeed, that has been our priority. But we have also been a Government that has been committed to the Rule of Law. Our Constitution requires us to hold an Election to choose representatives to sit in Parliament and form your Government once Parliament is dissolved,” said Prime Minister Harris during his address to the nation on Friday, May 22, 2020.

PM Harris said that new campaign strategies emerged due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“COVID-19 forced us to adjust the way we are accustomed to campaign and bring our ideas and vision to influence people to select the candidate of their choice. Our Medical Experts have strongly advised against mass gatherings which are fertile ground for the transmission of the disease by asymptomatic persons. And so, those vying for seats in the Parliament are resorting to innovative ways to bring their programmes to you,” he said. “Virtual campaigns; social media; and other innovative and creative ways are the new normal. When we visit residents in constituencies, we ask that candidates, campaigners and supporters, follow the social distancing protocols. That is good for all of us.”

Dr. Harris encouraged the general public to be vigilant and act sensibly.

“I urge us all to pay attention. Our people must continue to behave responsibly. We have to be mature and keep the peace at all times,” he said. “I expect that the Supervisor of Elections and the Electoral Commission, will be advised by the Medical Experts and thus ensure that registered voters will be safe when they go to vote.”

The upcoming General Election is scheduled for Friday, June 05, 2020.

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