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People's Action Movement (PAM)

The People's Action Movement (PAM) is a political party in Saint Kitts and Nevis. The party currently holds two of the eleven seats in the National Assembly.

The People's Action Movement (PAM) was formed in St. Kitts in 19 January, 1965 by William Valentine Herbert. It was formed to oppose the Government, where necessary, with respect to its attitude and approach to the numerous unsolved problems of our area.

The People’s Action Movement operates on the basis of putting people first. They have always been committed to the advancement of all of their people. PAM created the environment which enabled the people to develop a spirit of entrepreneurship and self-reliance, leading to an improved quality of life and standard of living. PAM empowered the people.

The aims of the party include:

  • Unity of the entire population of St. Kitts - Nevis and the integration of all classes.
  • Action and work instead of apathy.
  • The organization of a multiple party system so as to produce an efficient government.

The party first contested national elections in 1966, when they received 35.0% of the vote and won two seats. They were reduced to a single seat in the 1971 elections, but regained their second seat in 1975. In the 1980 elections they won three seats, and were able to form a coalition government with the Nevis Reformation Party to oust the Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party from power for the first time since 1952.

PAM leader at the time, Kennedy Simmonds led the country to independence in 1983, and the party won six of the eleven seats in the 1984 elections to remain in power. They again won six seats in 1989. The 1993 elections saw the Labour Party receive the most votes, but both parties won four seats. The PAM remained in power, but early elections were held in 1995, which saw the PAM reduced to just one seat (with Simmonds losing his) after the government's links to drug traffickers had been exposed by the Labour Party. They lost their single seat in the 2000 elections, but regained it in 2004. In the 2010 elections they won two seats.

Lindsay Grant served as Leader of the People's Action Movement until his resignation in July 2012.

In 2015, PAM was returned to office as part of the Team Unity coalition of PAM, People's Labour Party (PLP), and Concerned Citizens' Movement (CCM).

Leader Shawn RICHARDS
Founded 19 January 1965
National Assembly seats - 2015 4/11
Party Colour Yellow
Party Symbol Hat
First election 1961
Last election 2015
Youth Arm Young Pamites
Status Active
Politcal Parties of St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Kitts and Nevis Elections
Name Entered Office Left Office
 Dr. William Valentine HERBERT 1965 1975
 Dr. Sir Kennedy SIMMONDS 1975 2000
 Lawyer Lindsay Fitzpatrick GRANT 2000 2012
 Hon Shawn K. RICHARDS 2012 present
Team Unity 2015 Manifesto
Category 1966 1971 1975 1980 1984 1989 1993 1995 2000 2004 2010
Candidates 9 9 6 7 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
Seats 1 1 0 3 6 6 4 1 0 1 2
Votes 4,936 5,407 2,586 4,990 7,934 7,780 6,449 7,530 6,468 7,160 8,393
% Valid Votes 34.92% 33.96% 21.13% 33.93% 44.53% 44.37% 33.59% 34.82% 29.61% 31.71% 32.24%
Change - -0.96% -12.83% -0.03% 23.40% -0.16% -10.78% 1.23% -5.21% 2.10% 0.53%
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