POND ISLAND – Nomination Day for the February 26, parliamentary elections is Friday, January 5. The candidate lists will be presented to the Central Voting Bureau on Friday by the parties that will be participating in the 26 polls.
Parties to submit their lists on Friday are: St. Maarten Development Movement (SDM) led by Leader Benjamin Ortega, Sint Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) led by Leader Wycliffe Smith, the National Alliance (NA) led by Silveria Jacobs, the United St. Maarten Party (USP) led by Member of Parliament Frans Richardson, the People’s Progressive Alliance (PPA) led by Gracita Arrindell, and the United Democrats (UD).
According to political watchers, the UD is a new party that has been formed between the leaders of the Democratic Party (DP) Member of Parliament Sarah Wescot-Williams and the United People’s (UP) Party Member of Parliament Theo Heyliger.
A new majority in the House of Parliament was formed in early November comprising of the DP, UP and Member of Parliament Chanel Brownbill. The screening process for candidate Ministers has been on-going and is expected to be completed in the coming days leading to the swearing in of a new Council of Ministers.
A party can have a maximum of 23 candidates. The number of eligible voters on the Dutch side is 22,559.