Labour Party will not squander the goodwill of the people, says PM Douglas
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BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JANUARY 9TH 2013 (CUOPM) – The democratic system within the ruling St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) is fully enshrined within the constitution.
So says St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, who is also the National Political Leader of the governing St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party during Tuesday’s edition of his weekly radio programme “Ask the Prime Minister.”
“I think the caller asked a question and also answered it because in relationship to the democratic political system that governs the way we conduct our affairs in the Labour Party and I believe in several other political parties in this country. I think that is important to note that it is an open democratic system that is pursued along the lines of a constitution that has been long-crafted, when the party first came into office in 1932 and the constitution was revisited from time to time,” said Prime Minister Douglas.
“As the caller indicated, the officers, who hold positions in the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party are positions that they have been elected to serve in and they can only be removed by the people of a conference of the party who would have elected them in the first instance. Of course our constitution allows for a temporary suspension of a person’s position as an officer by the National Executive of the party but this would have to find support in a party conference which would have to be called in order to solidify and ratify the decision which the National Executive would have taken because the party conference is the highest organ of the body and at a time when the party conference is not meeting the National Executive according to the constitution of the party, takes precedence over any other organ,” Dr. Douglas explained.
He pointed out that the National Executive meets on a regularly monthly basis and would keep meetings and discuss party matters and of course can have special executive meetings when called by the National Executive so to do, in situations that it is been merited.
“The caller has called upon me to continue to be the watchdog, to be the watchman and I shall continue so to do. I have full confidence in the people of St. Kitts and Nevis that the mandate which they gave me back in 2010, together with the group of men and women that I led in the election campaign, that their confidence will continue and as we plan towards our future, we want them to know with emphasis, that we would not squander that goodwill which has been given to us to lead our country,” said the St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party leader.
Dr. Douglas reiterated the Labour Party’s commitment to “pursue our mandate to the very end and we do not intend in any way to squander it or simply waste it away because the peoples’ will must be pursued, as had been given through that mandate.”