National Assembly of Saint Kitts and Nevis


National Assembly of Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis

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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 under 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 from April 18, 2008. He succeeded Marcella Liburd.

Latest election

e • d Summary of the 24 October 2004 National Assembly of Saint Kitts and Nevis election results
Parties Votes % Seats
Saint Kitts and Nevis Labour Party 11,426 50.6 7
People's Action Movement 7,161 31.7 1
Concerned Citizens' Movement 1,982 8.8 2
Nevis Reformation Party 1,688 7.5 1
United National Empowerment Party 263 1.2 -
Appointed members (Senators) 3
Ex-officio member (the Attorney General) 1
Total (turnout  %)   15
Source: Adam Carr

See also

  • List of Speakers of the National Assembly of Saint Kitts and Nevis

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