Road Map To Success At The 2017 Nevis Island Election Editorial
The next Nevis Island election is expected to be held between September and December 2017. They are constitutionally due January 2018. As opposition parties in the British virgin Islands learnt, when you do not prepare for elections in advance, you prepare to lose. Premier Smith called the elections five months in advance and none of the opposition parties were prepared which resulted in the ruling National Democratic Party winning in a land slide of 11 to the leading opposition Virgin Islands Party 2 seats. Parties in opposition should see their only role to be preparing to take over the government. With a mere two years and five months to go, the opposition Nevis Reformation Party should be in full preparation gear to snatch the government away from the ruling Concerned Citizen Movement. Time slips by fast and the option of a snap election always looms. A ruling party would call a snap election if they feel that they have an unfair advantage against the opposition. It is mainly done when the ruling party feels that the opposition is unprepared and is unlikely to get prepared enough to provide a meaningful challenge. In Nevis both parties have some work to do to prepare for the upcoming elections. The ruling CCM has to be in transition if indeed Premier Amory is exiting and not prepared to seek another term. We think Premier Amory departing now would be a mistake at this juncture. There might be a shaking inside the CCM and the confidence that people at home and abroad place in Premier Amory would leave a major deficit of confidence in the CCM which could dullen the party’s change at the polls. Pundits are predicting that if Premier Amory departs, Mark Brantley could move to the CCM safe seat in St. Georges (Gingerland) and Troy Liburd may go up against his friend Hensley Daniel, though it is believed that Liburd could prefer going up in Gingerland spearing him a run against his friend Hensley. The two battleground seats in the 2017 elections are going to be as usual, St. Johns and St. James. The opposition NRP has tougher moves to make. The Party leader, former Nevis Premier Joseph Parry has already indicated that he wants changes within his fold to face the upcoming elections. If the party makes the right moves they can find themselves back in office. In St. James, if NRP were to replace Patrice Nisbett with another Jeffers, the party could win that seat. Patricia Mills Jeffers will be a formidable candidate for the NRP against the incumbent Alexis Jeffers of the ruling CCM. Jeffers has already shown that he is no knock over. He has increased his lead over long time NRP St. James candidate Patrice Jeffers Nisbett Patrice is yet to win the seat after 4 tries. The next move the NRP has to make is to bring home Victor Jay Martin. Martin is the best person to succeed Joseph Parry. Martin has the stature as a leader, is well liked, is easy to talk to, is humble and is not bad minded. He would be a good match for Mark Brantley if Amory leaves. CCM insiders are asking Amory to stay. Having had a chance to see Brantley in office, they are mostly saying “No! We will stick with Vance.” The Observer endorses that position and supports the call for Amory to stay. Amory does not make much noise, sometimes when he speaks the direction is not so clear. but people prefer that over a power hungry, show self back stabbing deputy. In this case a deputy is not essential. You can keep Barabbas but give us our Vance.