Rule of law supersedes wanna-be dictator in St Kitts – Nevis ‘State of Emergency’

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Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris

By Caribbean News Global fav

BASSETERRE, St Kitts – The NextGen SKN – St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) constitutional claim filed in the High Court of St Kitts and Nevis adjudicated before the Honarable Justice Trevor Ward Q.C., May 29, 2020, ruled “to level the playing field.”

“For the duration of the political campaign leading to the 2020 general election:

i) to use all reasonable efforts to ensure that all persons, no matter what political affiliation they may hold, including all political parties, abide by the Emergency Powers (Covid-19) (No. 8) Regulations SR & O 19 of 2020 and any future Emergency Regulations; and

ii) to use all reasonable efforts to enforce the said Emergency Powers (Covid-19) (No. 8) Regulations SR & O 19 of 2020 and any future Emergency Regulations without regard to political affiliation, including the facilitating of a meeting between the High Command of the Police Force and representatives of the political parties and independent candidates.

AND UPON the Second Defendant whether by itself πits servants and or agents, or persons subject to its control, authority or direction, or howsoever otherwise, hereby confirming and undertaking, for the duration of the political campaign leading to the 2020 General Election, to:

i) implement its policy in a manner which avoids encroaching upon any nominated candidates’ right to equal time on the State-owned media platforms to express political views;

ii) subject only to the exigencies of government, provide equal
       a) news and current affairs coverage;
       b) coverage under special broadcasts such as the segment ElectionSKN;

iii) provide 10 minutes of free radio time per day for each nominated candidate or his or her political party from 30th May to 4th June 2020 between the hours of 9am and 12 noon and 1pm and 3pm;

iv) provide 10 minutes of free television time per day for each nominated candidate or his or her political party from 30th May to 4th June 2020 between the hours of 9 am and 12 noon and 1pm and 3pm, provided that all associated production costs will be billed to and paid for by the candidate;

v) provide one hour paid broadcast time for the duration of the political campaign leading to the 2020 general election for each nominated candidate on each of radio, television and social media platform, subject to payment for same in advance, and provided that the Second Defendant reserves the right to cut away from programming once the time has expired and that production costs associated with an event or show be billed to and paid for by the candidate;

vi) allow political commentary or criticism, provided that the language employed is not prohibited by law.”

Law offices of Sylvester Anthony represented the NextGen SKN – St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP).

The full judgment is available here:

File name : Final-Order-29.5.20-3.17-pm-1.pdf

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