St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): In the High Court ruling that the constitutional rights of parliamentarians were violated when their Motions of No Confidence filed in 2012 and in 2014 were not tabled nor debated in parliament, Justice Pearletta-Lanns noted, that the constitution provides for the majority of members of Parliament to determine the effective leadership of the day.
The judgement states "It would make nonsense of section 52(6) which enshrines the fundamental principle that the tenure of government depends on the continued support of a majority of the elected representatives if, at someone's whim, a resolution of no confidence could be kept off the Order Paper, thereby creating a scenario where a Prime Minister, whose government has lost the support of the majority of the representatives in the Assembly, is permitted to stay in office, even though the clear intention of section 52(6) is that he either resigns, call an election or be removed."
The judge also ruled "A declaration that the claimants right to bring and or move a Motion of No Confidence in the government had been violated by the failure of the Speaker to schedule the motions of no confidence in the government centre and or left at the office of the Clerk on 11th December 2012 and 15th December 2014 for debate in the National Assembly.”
The St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party lead by Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas won the general elections in January 2010 but two years later Deputy Prime Minister Sam Condor and Senior Minister Dr Timothy Harris were in conflict with Dr Douglas taking public issue with his leadership of the party.
The first Motion of No Confidence was lodged in December 2012 with pundits expecting a majority of parliamentarians to vote against the Prime Minister.