Nadine De Graf-Busby (left) of the Civil Registry accepting the list of candidates for the October 21 Island Council election from DP president Winston Fleming, while party leader Adelka Spanner and candidates Koos Sneek and Ernie Simmons lookST. EUSTATIUS–The Democratic Party (DP) of St. Eustatius submitted its list of candidates for the October 21 Island Council election at the Civil Registry (Census Office) on Monday, September 7.
The DP list consists of #1. Adelka Spanner, #2. Koos Sneek, #3. Ernie Simmons, #4. Julian Woodley, #5. Raquel Spanner-Carty, #6. Shanna Mercera-Gibbs, #7. Sjahaira Fleming, #8. Adonis Cijntje, #9. Magda Korstanje-Spanner, #10. Candidia Woodley, #11. Hipolito Herrera Rodriguez and #12. Austin van Heyningen. Due to the recent COVID-19 developments on the island, the party decided not to come out with a large crowd. The list was submitted by party president Winston Fleming, while party leader Adelka Spanner and candidates Koos Sneek and Ernie Simmons looked on.
“The DP goes with confidence into the elections with a strong list of 12 candidates with a mix of experience and youth,” Sneek said.
He said Statia has been waiting for elections for a long time. The Island Council election should have taken place in March 2019, but “unfortunately” was postponed. Sneek said the DP is encouraging everyone to come out and vote. “No matter that we are still under supervision and there is still intervention going on, it is important that we make use of our democratic right and that we are getting a democratically-elected Island Council in place again.”
He encouraged everyone to read the party programmes. “The Democratic Party has a very-well-put-together party programme which explains what the party is standing for and what we are planning to do in the coming years.”
Sneek said there are those in the community who are advising persons not to vote. He said these people are sending the wrong message.
“You have the right and the duty to exercise your voting rights and it is not only for those that are elected, but it is also in the interest of the people that we get a truly democratic representation again that will increase transparency. Right now, there are a lot of things happening that we do not know about, and I believe that will stop once we have an Island Council functioning again,” Sneek said.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/dp-submits-12-names-on-nomination-day