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electoral boundaries

The Electoral Boundaries in St. Kitts and Nevis were last changed in 1989 under the People's Action Movement (PAM) Administration. The St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) took office in 1995 and in 2013 established a Constituency Boundaries Commission headed by Peter Jenkins with the Hon. Dr. Asim Martin and the Hon. Marcella Liburd representing the Government as members, while the Hon. Vance Amory and the Hon. Vincent Byron Jr. representing the Opposition.

On Friday, September 6, 2013 the Constituency Boundaries Commission had submitted a report to the Governor-General, recommending changes to the boundaries. Three days after, the Prime Minister laid the draft Proclamation to have it approved in the National Assembly. It was debated, approved and the Prime Minister immediately submitted the Proclamation to the Governor-General for approval.

On the other hand, the Opposition, on that same day, filed an application for urgent injunctive relief and an interim conservatory order was made restraining the Governor-General from making a Proclamation.

However, on January 16, 2015, the Boundaries Commission met and shortly thereafter submitted an unchanged second report. The resolution was approved to the dissatisfaction of the Opposition Members and Prime Minister Douglas announced from the steps of Government Headquarters that the draft proclamation, with accompanying resolution, was submitted to the Governor-General and a proclamation in the terms of the recommended draft was gazetted.

Subsequently, Dr. Douglas announced that Nomination Day would be on Friday, February 6, 2015 and Polling Day on Monday, February 16, 2015.

Consequently, the Opposition filed an injunction, which was discharged by Her Ladyship Justice Marlene Carter and they appealed her decision. The Appellate Court subsequently granted the Opposition an interim injunction prohibiting use of the new constituency boundaries and the case was scheduled to be heard on Monday, February 9, 2015. However, the Government had requested that the matter be heard earlier because it is in conflict with the date announced for Nomination Day. The request was granted and the case has been set for Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

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WE DONE DOG(LASS) (03-Feb-15 05:27 PM)

This time we got Dog(Lass) on the ropes and he ain't going to trick the people of SKN again. We done with he.