National Assembly (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

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National Assembly
8th National Assembly
Type
Type
Leadership
Curtis Martin
since April 18, 2008
Structure
Seats 15 Representatives
National Assembly political groups

Her Majesty's Government

HM Loyal Opposition

  •      PLP (2)
  •      PAM (2)
  •      CCM (2)
  •      NRP (1)

Other Members of the National Assembly

Elections
National Assembly voting system
First Past the Post
National Assembly last election
25 January 2010

The National Assembly is the parliament of Saint Kitts and Nevis. The assembly has 14 or 15 members (depending upon circumstances), 11 of whom are elected for a five-year term in single-seat constituencies and are known as Representatives. The remaining four are called Senators; three are appointed by the governor-general and the fourth is the attorney-general (i.e. an ex officio member).

The 1983 constitution mandates at least three senators, or four if an attorney-general is not one of these three appointed senators. The number can be increased by the parliament as long as it doesn't exceed two thirds of the number of representatives. Except for the attorney-general, the senators are appointed by the governor-general, acting on the advice of the prime minister in two of the appointments and the leader of the opposition for the third one.

The parliament has a speaker and deputy speaker elected by the members of the parliament during its first meeting following a general election. They do not have to be members of it; but if they are then they cannot also be in the cabinet or parliamentary secretaries.

The current speaker of the National Assembly of Saint Kitts and Nevis is Curtis Martin, who has been in office since April 18, 2008. He succeeded Marcella Liburd.

Latest election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 25 January 2010 National Assembly of Saint Kitts and Nevis election results
Parties Votes % Seats
Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party 12,227 46.96 6
People's Action Movement 8,393 32.24 2
Concerned Citizens' Movement 2,860 10.99 2
Nevis Reformation Party 2,539 9.75 1
Independents 16 0.06
Appointed members (Senators) 3
Ex-officio member (the Attorney General) 1
Total (turnout 81.24%) 26,035 100.00 15
Sources: ZIZ News[dead link], SKNVibes.com[dead link]

Speakers[edit]

Name Entered office Left office
Hon. Ivan Buchanan 1985 1995
Hon. Walford Gumbs 1996 2004
Hon. Marcella Liburd 2004 2008
Hon. Curtis Martin April 18, 2008 Present

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