Prime Minister Harris re-elected by party delegates to lead the highly energized and dynamic People’s Labour Party
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, March 14, 2019 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – The Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, was on Wednesday (March 13) evening re-elected unopposed as the National Political Leader of the People’s Labour Party (PLP), following the successful staging of the private session of the party’s third annual National Convention.
The private session of the convention was held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and was attended by more than 300 party delegates, who left the meeting energized and with a renewed vigor to continue their work on behalf of the PLP and the broader tripartite Team Unity administration.
While delivering remarks, Prime Minister Harris reminded the party supporters of the strides and progress being made in St. Kitts and Nevis under the leadership of his Team Unity-led Government.
Dr. Harris made special reference to initiatives such as the Government Employees Mortgage Programme, the Poverty Alleviation Programme and the highly successful Hurricane Roof Repair Programme that impacted the lives of close to three thousand households in the country.
“This has never happened before Team Unity,” Prime Minister Harris said. “And when you see things like these happening, you say for that alone this Government has done something good in every community.”
Senator the Honourable Akilah Byron-Nisbett was returned as the party’s Deputy National Political Leader.
Attention is now being turned to the public session of the party’s annual convention, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 16, at the Patsy Allers Playing Field, starting at 4pm.
A wide cross section of society is expected to attend this weekend’s event including members of the two other parties that make up the Team Unity coalition, namely, the People’s Action Movement (PAM) and the Nevis-based Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM). Representatives of the diplomatic and consular corps, the business community and party supporters from across the length and breadth of the country are also expected to be in attendance.
The PLP National Convention takes place against the backdrop of two recent scientific polls carried out by reputable pollsters in the region.
A national survey by prominent pollster and Director at Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES), Mr. Peter Wickham, between May and June 2018 showed that Prime Minister Harris is the preferred leadership option in St. Kitts and Nevis with the support of 37 percent of those polled. Some 1,000 persons across all eleven constituencies in the Federation were surveyed during that poll using face-to-face interviews by a team of interviewers.
The results of a different poll conducted by respected Jamaican pollster Don Anderson between November 15 and December 10, 2018, came to similar conclusions. That survey showed that 57 per cent of the persons interviewed are of the view that things have gotten better in the country over the last three years under the Dr. Harris-led Team Unity Government.
On the performance of the Government itself, Mr. Anderson said that more persons rated the Team Unity administration positively than those who rated it negatively. When asked how they would rate the performance of the Dr. Timothy Harris-led Unity Government, 38 per cent viewed this positively, rating it either very good or good.
The People’s Labour Party’s third annual National Convention is being held under the theme, “Improving our communities with PLP in Unity.”