By Ken Richards
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The next general election in St Kitts and Nevis is likely to be the most hotly contested in the federation for a long time, according to Barbados-based pollster Peter Wickham.
Pollster Peter Wickham
He said the country will have a two-horse race this time around, as the three-party parliamentary group under the banner of unity attempt to unseat the governing Labour Party at the polls.
The unity team officially launched its campaign last Thursday, with the election candidates of the People’s Action Movement, the People’s Labour Party and the Concerned Citizens Movement expressing confidence that, as a united force, they will be victorious in the yet to be announced election.
Wickham said the battle is likely to be a hard fought one.
“It’s not going to be easy for either party, I think that the next election whenever it is called is going to be probably the most fiercely fought battle ever in the history of St Kitts and Nevis, because finally you have a two-horse race,” Wickham said in an interview on WINN FM’s The Bigger Picture.
The Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) pollster said a lot will depend on just how mortally wounded Labour has been by the defection of the two former senior government ministers, Dr Timothy Harris and Sam Condor.
“The reality is that the moment that Dr Harris and the moment that Mr Condor leave Labour and go towards another environment politically, it changes things,” Wickham said.
He said if the governing Labour Party is able to convince voters that it is no weaker without Harris and Condor “then I believe they can win the next election”.
“If the other individuals are able to demonstrate that they have mortally wounded Labour, then they would definitely have a point,” the pollster concluded.
According to Wickham, the Unity Team made the best choice in selecting Dr Timothy Harris as its leader.
Republished with permission of West Indies News Network