Prime Minister Harris made the announcement today, Thursday, August 30 during his press conference at the Parliamentary Lounge, Government Headquarters.
The Constituency Boundaries Commission is a constitutional body appointed in accordance with the Constitution of St. Kitts and Nevis.
The Constitution provides at section 50 for the review of constituency boundaries. Section 50 (1) gives the Commission the authority to review the number and boundaries of the constituencies into which St. Christopher and Nevis is divided and submit its reports to the Governor-General.
According to section 50(2) of the Constitution, reports are to be submitted by the Commission at intervals of not less than two, nor more than five years.
“The last report was submitted on January 16, 2015, by the then outgoing regime. We are therefore well within the 2 to 5 year interval,” Prime Minister Harris stated.
The prime minister further noted that the “Commission is made up of 5 members – 2 of whom are members appointed by the Governor General, acting in accordance with the advice of the Honourable Prime Minister; 2 members appointed by the Governor General in accordance with the advice of the Leader of the Opposition; and a Chairman is appointed by the Governor General in his own deliberate judgment after necessary consultations.”
Prime Minister Harris said it is his hope that the Constituency Boundaries Commission will soon commence its work.