By Ken Richards
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Prime Minister Denzil Douglas has expressed his determination to have the St Kitts and Nevis Constituency Boundaries Commission effect electoral boundary changes.
A July 31 court ruling declared a Commission report intended to facilitate the proposed changes null and void, because of a lack of proper consultation.
However, both Douglas and attorney general Jason Hamilton have been indicating that the Commission intends to revisit the matter.
It is reported to have scheduled a meeting for Wednesday to review the court decision.
St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Denzil Douglas
Douglas, at a recent town hall style meeting, indicated that the court ruling was not the end of the matter.
"The opposition charged that the chairman was biased, that the Commission used faulty census data and the consultation was not adequate," he told supporters.
"So tonight I am very pleased to report that the court disagreed with the opposition. It ruled that the chairman was not at all biased. He was the fairest of all fair chairmen could be. That the data used by the Commission was very much in order, and that the Boundaries Commission had been under no obligation whatsoever to consult with anyone in the first place, but that since it did decide to consult it should have done so more thoroughly,” He said.
According to the prime minister, the court ruling has paved the way for the Boundaries Commission to take another stab at realigning the country’s electoral boundaries.
"We are pleased that the court has made this ruling. It has established the integrity with which the Commission handled its affairs, and the reliability of the data used. It has also clarified the role of the Commission where consultations are concerned. For this the nation and the government should be grateful, and the Commission now has a very clear guidance as to how it moves forward in making sure that mandate given from the constitution is realized, by making sure it goes over the exercise and have the boundaries revisited so that the same number of inhabitants in one constituency should be equal as near as possible, to the same number in another constituency,” Douglas continued.
The prime minister had, several months ago, indicated how important for his administration, boundary changes are.
"I have one more thing to do before we call the elections. We shall have the boundaries aligned. Realigned because they are illegal as they are," he told supporters at a public meeting in Basseterre.
Republished with permission of West Indies News Network