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Douglas says that the right of citizens to “hear their representatives” in the debate had been stifled by actions of the government

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Opposition Leader Dr. Denzil Douglas has claimed a “grave injustice” had been committed against the people of the twin island Federation.

Douglas said that the right of the citizens to “hear their representatives” in the debate had been stifled by actions of the government to move for a vote after only one government legislator, Mark Brantley, the premier of Nevis and the minister of foreign affairs, had responded.

Immediately after the Leader of the Opposition two hour presentation on the Motion of No Confidence, the Premier of Nevis, Hon. Mark Brantley in concluding a 30 minute response moved a motion to adjourn under standing order 41 paragraph (2).

Such a motion once approved means the debate would be brought to an end and a voice vote would occur.

However, on a point of order, Hon. Konris Maynard objected to Premier Brantley by referencing paragraph (1) of the standing order. Brantley’s motion was acknowledged by the Speaker and seconded even with the Opposition parliamentarians issuing pleas that they be allowed to speak on the motion.

Speaker Perkins declared after a voice vote that “the No’s have it and the resolution has failed.”

A grave injustice has been committed against the people and their right to hear their representatives to debate matters.

– Dr. Denzil L. Douglas

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