Nevis’ CCM Party Files Papers to Block Joseph Parry and Hensley Daniel from Running

In the latest development in the much watched elections in Nevis, the Concerned Citizens Movement today nominated its 5 candidates to contest the January 22nd, 2013 elections in Nevis. The NRP also nominated its 5 candidates including its Leader Joseph Parry and Deputy Leader, Hensley Daniel.

{FILE IMAGE} Both Parry and Daniel featured prominently in the disputed elections of July 11, 2011 which led to the historic decisions by the High Court and Court of Appeal to declare the election of Hensley Daniel (FEA.) null and void. In addition the Court of Appeal castigated both Mr Parry and Mr Daniel of being "guilty of misconduct and bad faith".

{FILE IMAGE} Both Parry and Daniel featured prominently in the disputed elections of July 11, 2011 which led to the historic decisions by the High Court and Court of Appeal to declare the election of Hensley Daniel (FEA.) null and void. In addition the Court of Appeal castigated both Mr Parry and Mr Daniel of being “guilty of misconduct and bad faith“.

Mr Parry was also severely chastised for his role in using the resources of the State owned media exclusively for his NRP Party and refusing to permit the CCM access to the State owned Media.

In addition, both Courts found as proven facts that Bernadette Lawrence, disgraced Registration Officer who illegally disenfranchised hundreds of perceived CCM supporters just days before the July 11 2011 elections, did what she did to benefit her party, the NRP, and that she put her party ahead of her duties under the law. The now disgraced supervisor of Elections, Leroy Benjamin, was equally castigated and he and Bernadette Lawrence were both found guilty of misfeasance in public office. Both have
since resigned.

The papers filed by the CCM seek declaratory and injunctive relief against Parry and Daniel. Of Parry it is said that he cannot contest another election for at least 5 years under the provisions of section 28(3) of the Constitution and of Daniel it is said that persons (being the now disgraced electoral officials) promoted or procured his election through illegal or corrupt practices and that such practices were so pervasive that his election was declared void.

In such a case, section 97 of the National Assembly Elections Act makes it plain that he cannot contest the election to fill the seat created by the vacancy.

Nevis now awaits the ruling of the Court on these urgent matters. Nominations are closed and if the Court agrees with the CCM then in at least 2 seats the CCM candidates will be unopposed.

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