Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis promotes electoral reform
Basseterre, Oct 17 (Prensa Latina) The government of Saint Kitts and Nevis is promoting an electoral reform process in the Federation, in order to advance in transparency and the criteria for voting eligibility or qualification, local political observers indicated today.
Under the guidance of the Select Committee of the National Assembly, the administration of Saint Kitts and Nevis, headed by Prime Minister Timothy Harris for the second term, promotes a bill to the Constitution, on elections and citizenship.
As reported so far, the Committee's objective is to review the norms and standing orders that govern the parliamentary procedure for the approval of amendments and is made up of two members of the government bench, two from the opposition, and a president.
The National Information Service of Saint Kitts and Nevis confirmed that the head of business of the government in the National Assembly, Eugene Hamilton leads the group; together with Eric Evelin, Minister of the Environment and Cooperatives and representatives of the opposition Geoffrey Hanley and Joyelle Clarke; as well as the Speaker of Parliament, Michael Perkins.
The Committee promised to base its report on best practices in the region and to exercise democratic right with the participation of citizens.
According to the official version, the bill establishes the duration of the stay that would clarify several non-national residents to exercise suffrage in the Federation, as well as facilitate the registration to vote of people regardless of where they live.
In the face of the opposition's maneuvers, the Deputy Prime Minister, Shawn Richards, confirmed that the people of Saint Kitts and Nevis gave Team Unity a second mandate to build a stronger and more secure future in the Caribbean nation.
The Federation held general elections on June 5 with the victory of Harris and the coalition of three political parties of the Unified Team over the opposition Labor Party of Saint Kitts and Nevis.
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