Calypso King to run against former Deputy PM
- Published on Thursday, 05 September 2013 08:19
- Written by Toni Frederick
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St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Konris Maynard has confirmed that he has made the decision to stand as a candidate for the St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party in West Basseterre. Contacted by WINN FM on Thursday, Maynard said before the official announcement is made, it is important for him to engage the people of the Constituency. He says he is preparing over the next couple of weeks by going door to door speaking with area residents about what their needs and expectations are.
Thirty year old Maynard, who holds a Masters Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, is a popular calypsonian, who holds multiple local and regional titles. The reigning National Calypso Monarch, he has won the crown six times, and has never been defeated in the senior competition.
There was widespread speculation that Attorney General Jason Hamilton was expecting to be the candidate for the ruling St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party and had conducted a constituency walk through, shortly after the resignation from government of the current representative Sam Condor. Reports reaching WINN FM indicate that Hamilton was unhappy about being passed over, but has publicly remained firmly behind the Party.
The former Deputy Prime Minister Sam Condor resigned from Cabinet in January, following a public falling out with Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas over a number of policy decisions, and claims that the Prime Minister was undermining his ministries.
Condor, who has represented the Constituency for twenty four years, has along with former Senior Minister Dr. Timothy Harris crossed the floor and formed the People’s Labour Party.
The West Basseterre Constituency has been deeply divided since the defection, with some supporters lining up behind the former Deputy Prime Minister on one side, while some, declaring themselves SKNLP loyalists have branded Condor a traitor. The division has manifested itself in sharp rhetoric and accusations of wrong doing emanating from both sides on the political platform.
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