(ZIZ News) — The recently aligned constituency boundaries in St. Kitts and Nevis only apply to the country’s federal elections and not the Nevis Island Assembly elections which are due in 2018.
Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas set the record straight on Wednesday during his monthly press conference.
“For the Nevis Island Administration, these changes that have been made will not, on their own, immediately affect those boundaries for the local elections because remember those boundaries are along parish lines. There are five parishes right in Nevis and there are five constituencies,” the Prime Minister explained.
Dr. Douglas said, however, that it would be a good idea for a Boundaries Commission to convene on Nevis and look closely at the local boundaries there ahead of the Nevis Island Assembly elections.
“Of course I believe the Boundaries Commission should sit down and examine the demographics within each parish and thus within each constituency. Look again at the number of inhabitants and see if there is a dramatic shift in the numbers of people that have to be represented at the Nevis Island level compared to what is happening now. I believe that if they were to do that exercise and they recognise that there are dramatic shifts that have been made you would want to sit and revisit the boundaries in Nevis for the Nevis Island local elections,” he said.