National Assembly (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

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National Assembly
8th National Assembly
Franklin Brand
Since May 2015
Seats 15
Saint Kitts and Nevis National Assembly.svg
National Assembly political groups

Her Majesty's Government

  •      PAM (4)
  •      CCM (2)
  •      PLP (1)

HM Loyal Opposition

Other Members of the National Assembly

National Assembly voting system
First Past the Post
National Assembly last election
16 February 2015

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 16 February 2015 National Assembly of Saint Kitts and Nevis election results
Parties Votes % Seats
Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party 6,223 39.7 3
People's Action Movement 4,408 28.2 4
Concerned Citizens' Movement 2,044 13.1 2
Nevis Reformation Party 1,768 11.3 1
People's Labour Party 1,215 7.8 1
Appointed members (Senators) 3
Ex-officio member (the Attorney General) 1
Total 15,658 100.00 15
Sources: SKNVibes


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 January 2015
Hon. Franklin Rudolph Oneal Brand Franklin Brand 2015–Present

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