CMC – The St Lucia based Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Tuesday appealed for calm in St Kitts-Nevis where residents are still awaiting the results of a general election held on Monday.
“The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States is closely monitoring the electoral situation in the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis and the OECS Chairman Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerritt is in close contact with both Dr Denzil Douglas Leader of the St Kitts & Nevis Labour Party and Dr Timothy Harris Leader of the Team Unity Party,” the OECS Commission said in a statement.
Both parties had fielded 11 candidates each, but the state-owned ZIZ radio announced early Tuesday that there would be no more announcements of election results.
“The count in St Kitts-Nevis has come to a halt. The Supervisor of Elections has advised that for the rest of this morning in any event, no further public announcement will be made in respect of the count.
“We wait to hear what exactly has transpired in the last hour or so that we had the delay which would have led to us being in this situation,” said the announcer on the state-owned radio and television station.
She said at the moment three seats had been declared for the ruling St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party/Nevis Reformation Party and one for Team Unity.
“St Kitts-Nevis still stands waiting to see what the outcome of the elections in St Kitts-Nevis will be. We continue to monitor the situation …and keep you informed,” the announcer said.
In the statement, the OECS Director General Dr Didacus Jules said the OECS leaders are urging “that the process of ballot counting be expedited so that the election results can be declared without delay and in keeping with principles of electoral transparency.
“We urge all parties to maintain calm and to refrain from any announcements which may be injurious to the maintenance of public order and confidence in the electoral process,” said Jules.