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General Election Results - 25 January 2010

On 15 December 2009, Prime Minister Denzil L. Douglas asked Governor-General Sir Cuthbert Sebastian to dissolve the National Assembly with immediate effect in view of general elections. On 7 January 2010, the Governor-General issued a writ, calling elections for 25 January 2010 (see note). The twin-island federation of 40,000 inhabitants elects 11 members to the National Assembly: eight from Saint Kitts and three from Nevis.

In the previous elections held in October 2004, Prime Minister Douglas' Labour Party (SKNLP) took seven of the eight seats at stake in Saint Kitts. The main opposition force, the People's Action Movement (PAM), took the remaining seat. In Nevis, the Concerned Citizens' Movement (CCM) and the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) won two seats and one seat respectively. Mr. Mark Brantley (CCM) became the Leader of the Opposition.

A total of 23 candidates were vying for seats in the 2010 elections. Both the SKNLP and the PAM fielded candidates in all eight constituencies in Saint Kitts, where one independent candidate was also running. The CCM and the NRP fielded three candidates each in Nevis.

Prime Minister Douglas' SKNLP campaigned under the slogan "Progress, Not Promises". Mr. Douglas has been in power since 1995 and was seeking an unprecedented fourth term in office. Former Speaker, Ms. Marcella Liburd, was the sole woman candidate for the SKNLP. Prime Minister Douglas ran on the government's record, arguing that his SKNLP had helped people emerge from poverty and landlessness. He added that the country, which had been hit by the global economic crisis, needed "mature, highly experienced hands" to lead it.

PAM leader Lindsay Grant argued that while the global economic crisis posed serious challenges, it also offered many opportunities. He pledged to provide the positive change the country needed once voted into office. Sir Kennedy Simmonds - who had led the country to independence in September 1983 - came out of retirement and joined the election campaign in support of the PAM. He criticized the Prime Minister for having run up more than US$ 1.1 billion in debt. Mr. Simmonds insisted that only the PAM could save the country from that "chaotic situation".

In all, 79.81% of the 32,000 registered voters turned out at the polls.

The Organization of American States (OAS), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Commonwealth expert team monitored the polls. CARICOM declared that the voting had been conducted in a "peaceful and incident-free manner".

The final results gave six seats to the SKNLP, one fewer than in the 2004 elections. Former Speaker, Ms. Liburd, was elected. The PAM increased its share to two seats although its leader, Mr. Grant, lost his seat. The CCM and the NRP retained the same number of seats as before: two and one each.

On 10 March, the National Assembly held its first session and re-elected Mr. Curtis Martin (SKNLP) as its Speaker.

In the meantime, on 27 January, Prime Minister Douglas was sworn in for a fourth term.

The term of the National Assembly is five years from the first session, not from the election date. The new elections are constitutionally due within three months after the end of the legislature. Although the previous elections were held in October 2004, since the outgoing legislature held its first session in December 2004, the elections were due by March 2010.

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Total Valid Votes 26,035
Invalid Votes 115
Total Votes Cast 26,150
Registered Voters 32,764
Voter Turnout 79.81%
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Critical Dates
Dissolution of Parliament Nomination Day Polling Day
Tuesday, 15 December 2009 Friday, 15 January 2010 Monday, 25 January 2010
Summary by Party
Party Code Votes % votes Candidates Seats
St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party SKNLP 12,227 46.96% 8 6
People's Action Movement PAM 8,393 32.24% 8 2
Concerned Citizens Movement CCM 2,860 10.99% 3 2
Nevis Reformation Party NRP 2,539 9.75% 3 1
Independents IND 16 0.06% 2 0
Total Valid Votes 26,035 100% 24 11
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Summary by Constituency
Constituency  Registered voters SKNALP PAM CCM NRP IND Valid Votes Invalid Votes Total Votes Turnout
St Christopher #1 3,964 1,777 1,536 - - - 3,313 20 3,333 84.08%
St Christopher #2 4,063 1,907 1,476 - - 6 3,389 12 3,401 83.71%
St Christopher #3 2,396 1,306 545 - - - 1,851 9 1,860 77.63%
St Christopher #4 2,661 1,185 1,156 - - - 2,341 13 2,354 88.46%
St Christopher #5 2,428 985 1,128 - - - 2,113 7 2,120 87.31%
St Christopher #6 2,440 1,905 179 - - - 2,084 9 2,093 85.78%
St Christopher #7 2,561 1,635 570 - - 10 2,215 16 2,231 87.11%
St Christopher #8 4,681 1,527 1,803 - - - 3,330 20 3,350 71.57%
Nevis #9 4,295 - - 1,481 1,335 - 2,816 6 2,822 65.70%
Nevis #10 1,111 - - 665 225 - 890 0 890 80.11%
Nevis #11 2,164 - - 714 979 - 1,693 3 1,696 78.37%
Total 32,764 12,227 8,393 2,860 2,539 16 26,035 115 26,150 79.81%
Elected Members of the National Assembly
The unicameral National Assembly was comprised of 11 elected members.
Constituency Representative Party
St. Christopher #1 Asim MARTIN   St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party
St. Christopher #2 Marcella LIBURD   St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party
St. Christopher #3 Sam CONDOR   St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party
St. Christopher #4 Glen PHILLIP   St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party
St. Christopher #5 Shawn RICHARDS   People's Action Movement
St. Christopher #6 Denzil DOUGLAS   St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party
St. Christopher #7 Timothy HARRIS   St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party
St. Christopher #8 Eugene HAMILTON   People's Action Movement
Nevis #9 Mark BRANTLEY   Concerned Citizens Movement
Nevis #10 Vance AMORY¬†   Concerned Citizens Movement
Nevis #11 Patrice NISBETT   Nevis Reformation Party
CCM = Concerned Citizens Movement; NRP = Nevis Reformation Party; PAM = People's Action Movement; PLP = People's Labour Party; SKNLP = St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party; IND = Independent Candidate; *incumbent; ** Political Leader
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