ELECTION DATE: Voters will know this week

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, CMC – Voters in this twin island federation will most likely be told of the date for the general election later this week after Prime Minister Denzil Douglas Sunday night gave the biggest hint of when his administration would face the electorate for a new mandate.

“Follow the star which later this week will tell you where you must come in order to know the date of the next election,” Denzil Douglas told supporters at the Prime Minister’s Extravaganza at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium.

“That date is very, very close. You will be hearing the bell ring, not by us, but by 100 young people. 100 young people will ring the bell and start officially the campaign very shortly,” Douglas said in brief remarks to those attending the function.

The Prime Minister’s Extravaganza featured brief remarks by former Jamaica prime minister and one of the Caribbean’s leading statesmen, Percival J. Patterson.

The Extravaganza featured Trinidad and Tobago’s calypso icon, Relator and Jamaica’s A.J. Brown and Tanya Stephens.

Also appearing on stage were all the candidates of the ruling St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP).

The leader of the main opposition People’s Action Movement (PAM), Lindsay Grant, has sought to usurp the prerogative of the Prime Minister by announcing January 18 as the date for fresh elections.

In his New Year message to the country, Grant said that it was critical that voters elect his party to office to “efficiently and effectively manage their affairs for the next five years”.

In the 2004 general election PAM won just one of the eight seats, with the remainder going to the ruling SKNLP.