Commonwealth Local Government Forum

St Kitts and Nevis

Key facts:

POPULATION (Census 2011): 46,325
AREA: 261 sq km
CAPITAL: Basseterre
CURRENCY: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
HEAD OF STATE:
HM Queen Elizabeth II
ACTING GOVERNOR-GENERAL: Tapley Season
HEAD OF GOVERNMENT: Prime Minister Timothy Harris
FORM OF GOVERNMENT: constitutional monarchy
PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM: unicameral
STATE STRUCTURE: federal
LANGUAGES: English (official)
NATIONAL ELECTIONS: last: Feb 2015 turnout: 72.2% next: Feb 2020
NEVIS ISLAND ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS: last: July 2011 turnout: 81.1% next: July 2016
WOMEN NEVIS ASSEMBLY MEMBERS: 0
LOCAL GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE (as a percentage of total government expenditure 2013/14): 24.6%

Summary

Saint Kitts and Nevis is a federal constitutional monarchy with two spheres of government, the central government and the the Nevis Island Assembly, which is recognised in chapter 10 of the constitution. There is no local government on either island, however the Nevis Island Assembly serves as a local government for the island, has local tax raising powers, as well as receiving transfers from the federal government proportional to the population proportion. the Nevis Island Assembly is empowered to pass laws that promote peace, order and good government on the island and among others, is responsible on the Island for airports and seaports, education, extraction and processing of minerals, fisheries, health, welfare and labour.

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CLGF activities in St Kitts and Nevis

CLGF will continue to work with the Nevis Island Assembly as it takes forward the EC funded project “Strengthening local government’s role as a partner in development” focused on strengthening the role of local government and other local and national actors in localising and implementing the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

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Mayor Darrell Bradley; Mayor Scean Barnswell; Cllr Michael Thompson

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