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PM Douglas Returns To Power In St. Kitts

CaribWorldNews, BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Tues. Jan. 26, 2010, 11 AM: Prime Minister Denzil Douglas has been returned to power in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Douglas`s St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party won six of eight parliamentary seats allotted to St. Kitts, according to preliminary results. It was the fourth consecutive term for Douglas and his party.

It was celebration time at the constituency offices as the Labour Party supporters held a mini motorcade to celebrate another election win. Today has been declared a public holiday on the occasion of the victory of the St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party.

The opposition People`s Action Movement won two seats, one more than it had in the last elections while the Nevis-based Concerned Citizens Movement held on to its two seats, and the Nevis Reformation Party kept its single spot.

Yesterday`s election drew a very heavy turnout throughout all 8 constituencies and when polls closed there were still long lines. The polls opened at 7 a.m. and closed10 hours later.

The Electoral Commission on Monday indicated that 32, 766 persons are eligible to cast ballots in the election with 6,119 less than had been able to do so in the 2004 elections when here were 38, 865 registered voters.

The elections were monitored by observers from the Organization of American States (OAS), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Commonwealth.