Nevis’ Fourth Premier Sworn Into Office

By:Curtis Morton

Charlestown-Nevis-The electorate on Nevis, spoke emphatically on Monday 18th December, as the elections were held to elect the Nevis Island Administration for the next five years.

The two parties contesting the elections were, the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) and the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP), with each fielding five candidates.

In what was generally regarded as ‘a low voter turnout,’  the final results, as reported by Supervisor of elections, Mr. Elvin Bailey, well after 1:00am on Tuesday 19th December, were:

St. Paul’s Parish-Winner-Hon. Spencer Brand (CCM) 596 votes, winning over the incumbent, Robelto Hector (NRP) 585 votes. Hon. Brand therefore winning the close race by a mere 11 votes.

St. John’s Parish-Winner-Hon. Mark Brantley- (CCM)-1,334 votes, winning over Mr. Hensley Daniel (NRP), a round 1,000 votes

St. George’s Parish- Winner-Hon. Eric Evelyn (CCM)-761 votes, winning over Cory Tyson (NRP) 233 votes

St. James’ Parish-Winner-Hon. Alexis Jeffers—833 votes, winning over Virge Browne 528 votes

St. Thomas’ Parish-Winner -Hon. Joseph Parry (NRP)-518 votes, winning over Keith Scarborough (CCM) 229 votes.

In summary, the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) won four seats and the Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) won one seat.

The Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) will therefore form the next government for the Nevis Island Administration, for the next five years.

Immediately following the grand announcement, the CCM supporters and leaders, congregated in celebratory mood, at the party’s headquarters in Charlestown and this was followed by a massive, island wide motorcade, held on Tuesday 19th December, which culminated with the swearing in ceremony for Premier Mark Brantley, which effectively makes him the fourth Premier to serve the people of Nevis.

He follows in the footsteps of Sir Simeon Daniel; Hon. Vance Amory and Hon. Joseph Parry.

Premier Brantley during his victory speech indicated that he and his party intended to make Nevis better for all of the people and urged those on the other side to “come over.”

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