St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): WINN FM 98.9 understands that the High Court has ruled that the constitutional rights of parliamentarians were violated by the then Speaker of the National Assembly Curtis Martin, when he refused to allow debate on Motions of No Confidence brought against the Dr. Denzil Douglas-led administration in 2012 and 2014.
WINN was informed that Justice Pearletta-Lanns made the ruling Tuesday (November 7) and the written judgment would be available later in the week.
The court's ruling comes close to three years since the former administration lost the elections in February 2015. The significance of the ruling, WINN is advised, is that future Motions of No Confidence against a sitting government would now have to be debated promptly and not shelved indefinitely because there is no set date in the constitution.
Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris commented on the court's ruling in a brief interview with reporters on Tuesday.
“I am advised that on all the points that we made the High court found in favor of those of us who brought the case to the court. And so today has been a tremendous verdict which I think will become the example throughout the rest of the Caribbean as to how governments ought to treat Motions of No Confidence. We had argued that it had to be dealt with with dispatch and we had argued that it was unbecoming of the Douglas administration to have denied the democracy within the parliament of St Kitts and Nevis by failing to allow the motion to be tabled and to go to an eventual vote.”