Statement by the Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Joseph W. Parry

Premier of Nevis, Hon. Joseph Parry

July 5, 2011 I understand that today Brantley, Amory and the CCM have applied for an injunction to stop the election. While I respect the constitutional right of access to the Court, such access must come with responsibilities. Brantley, Amory, and the CCM after insulting the integrity of the High Court with their contemptuous attack on Justice Redhead, are now, in a desperate attempt to escape from a CCM political hiding on Monday, trying to drag the Court into the political arena.

It was the great former Chief Justice Sir Dennis Byron who in a Court of Appeal decision from Antigua issued a stern warning to desperate politicians. He said politicians must not play political games with the Court; they must not drag the Court into the political arena. But we are not dropping our guard. We have copies of the applications. Our team of leading Attorneys Dr. Henry Browne, Sylvester Anthony and Anthony Astaphan, SC are looking at the papers as we speak. Their initial reaction to the papers tell me a million stories about the CCM but I can’t say more at this point except this: If necessary, we will seek to intervene in the applications to ensure that the integrity of the elections and election process are fully and absolutely protected! We will not allow the process to be hijacked by Pirates of the Caribbean disguised in the colours of CCM who want by all means to avoid defeat on Monday! Be not afraid, we will prevail!!”

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