The main opposition St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) says it will mobilise supporters to force Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris to call general elections in the twin-island federation after indicating that it has been five years since voters elected the Team Unity administration into office.
“The Harris government has expired because their time is up on the 16th February 2020.”— Dr Denzil Douglas
“Its time is up. Tonight, on the 16th day of February 2020 – the fifth anniversary of the last elections, we shall mobilise from tonight and make sure that our people understand, the Caribbean region understands, the world understands that the Harris government has expired because their time is up on the 16th February 2020,” SKNLP leader Dr Denzil Douglas told a public meeting here on Sunday night.
“We cannot take one day more of this government. The young people are saying they cannot wait for Labour to return to office so that they can find jobs. Imagine there are Cuban-trained doctors who have returned after training for seven years and cannot be gainfully employed as this wicked government have employed them as STEP workers, getting just over minimum wages, while …some of whom are barely literate are holding some of the biggest jobs in St Kitts and Nevis.”
The next general election is constitutionally due by August 12, 2020, but Douglas, who lost the last election to the coalition led by Harris, urged supporters to “just hold strain for a few more weeks.”
“The government’s time has expired,” Douglas said, promising that a Labour administration would turn around the economic fortunes of the twin-island federation.
“Five years after the date of the last election and he (Prime Minister Harris) has not called the date for the election and still not want to give up the government. After five full years, he refuses to call the elections. “The government time is up and we do not care what excuses he gives. His time is up and he must lose the next elections,” Douglas said.