CHARLESTOWN, Nevis – HISTORY was made in the Federation as leadership of the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) is now in the hands of a female, who many said would be ably assisted by three other females who have also been elected to top positions of the political party.
At the NRP Convention yesterday (Sept. 13), delegates had placed three women in top positions as the party seeks to rebuild following losses at the Local Government Election in 2017 and the General Elections this year.
According to results out of the voting process, Dr. Jamice Daniel-Hodge edged out Cleone Stapleton-Simmonds for the top spot as Leader of the NRP.
Dr. Daniel-Hodge is the daughter of the late Sir Simeon Daniel.
Stapleton- Simmonds was elected First Vice President and Dr. Andrea Bussue Second Vice President, while the Chairmanship went to veteran politician Hensley Daniel.
Llewellyn Parris was elected Deputy Chairman, while Sharon Hobson took the position of Treasurer, Tammy Farrell was elected as her Assistant and Virgil Browne as the Party Organiser.
Meantime, Minister of Gender Affairs Hazel Brandy-Williams congratulated the new leader for making history in being the first woman to lead a political party in the twin-island Federation.
Speaking with the Nevis Island Administration media arm, the Minister highlighted that the win spoke to the continued evolution in the Federation.
“Dr. Daniel-Hodge’s entrance into the political sphere is one of the latest indications of the ongoing political evolution in St. Kitts and Nevis, particularly where we women are concerned. Indeed, more of us are boldly stepping forward to serve our country from front stage.
“This is a historic moment for Nevisians and Kittitians alike, because for the first time in our country’s history a woman has been elected to lead a political party. It warms my heart to see that our people are now actioning the first steps toward gender equity on one of the most important social levels. This stands as testimony that we have grown and are continuing to grow as a people, both individually and collectively."