Political Leaders Endorse the Election Code of Conduct

The Coalition of Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs) in the Federation commends the six political leaders in St Kitts and Nevis for their endorsement of the Ethical Guidelines and Code of Conduct as of June 27, 2022.

The signing of the Code of Conduct offers the right signal for the promotion and practice of ethical behavior during our election process.

The Ethical Guidelines and Code of Conduct include recommendations for the candidates running for office and their associates, the electoral commission, voters, and the media.

For example, candidates are asked to focus on the issues rather than personalities, avoid defamation of character of their opponents and avoid abusive language or innuendos.

The Electoral Commission should be transparent and impartial while inviting independent election observer missions.

Voters are encouraged to exercise their right to vote responsibly and refrain from accepting gifts and/or bribes in return for a vote.

The media are reminded to report the campaigns honestly and impartially, with equitable access, balanced and fair reporting on all parties vying for office.

Our Coalition (St. Kitts Christian Council, Nevis Christian Council, St. Kitts Evangelical Association, Nevis Evangelical Association, St. Kitts and Nevis Bar Association, and the St. Kitts-Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce) is committed to executing their civic duty by sensitizing and reminding all parties, voters, and media on the Ethical Guidelines and Code of Conduct for the Political Process signed in June 2022 by the NGO’s and political parties to encourage a free and fair election process. We will continue to use our respective platforms to provide information and educate the electorate, the Candidates the general, and media houses in this regard.

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