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New Registration Deadline: November 9, 2015

PHILIPSBURG - Kindly note that the National Decree No. LB-15/0951 dated October 28, 2015 has been revoked and replaced by the National Decree No. LB-15/0992 of October 29, 2015. The National Decree No. LB-15/0992 of October 29, 2015 stipulates that the postulation date is now set for December 22, 2015. Consequently, the last day to submit an application to register a new political party with the Electoral Council will be Monday, November 9, 2015.

In view of the short period left to register a new party, the Electoral Council is urging any interested parties to expedite the legally required documents and to register no later than Monday, November 9, 2015.

The legally required documents are:

  1. Notarial deed containing the Articles of Association of the party;
  2. Excerpt from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry;
  3. Statement containing the appointment of the party’s authorized representative and authorized deputy representative together with proof of identification and contact information;
  4. Application for registration of the reference which is to be placed above the list of candidates.

Equally, any existing political party that wishes to change the previously registered reference above the list of candidates is required to do so before the abovementioned deadline date of November 9, 2015.

Considering the fact that less than one week remains for registration, the Electoral Council will extend its office hours. The office of the Electoral Council will remain open on Friday, November 6, 2015 and on Monday, November 9, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information please contact the Electoral Council on 543-9888, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Electoral Council website at:


TUIfly brings in 50 travel agents to Sint Maarten to Promote the Destination back in the Netherlands

SIMPSON BAY – TUIfly is leaving no stone unturned to make its weekly flights a success.  After bringing in 120 TUI Travel Bureau Managers on its inaugural flight to the island last week Friday, October 30, a group of 50 travel agents arrived on Sunday.

TUIfly arrived last week Friday with its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at SXM Airport.  The airline as of November 1st is offering twice weekly flights (Wednesdays and Sundays) to the destination for a one-year period. The flight after arriving then departs for Curacao before returning to the Netherlands.

TUIfly in a press release stated that they are very happy with the interests shown in its new destination and sees this further strengthening its position in the Caribbean where it concerns summer holidays.



Detectives Investigating Sunday Drive-by Shooting in Madame Estate

MADAME ESTATE - The police department is presently investigating a case whereby a group of men were shot at while standing in front of a home on Paradise Island road in Madame Estate.

This incident took place on Sunday November 1st between 03.30 and 04.00 a.m. The victims stated that they were involved in a fight earlier at the Tantra Night Club.

After the fight they had left to go home. Later while they were in conversation with each other in Madame Estate a dark colored vehicle with tinted windows drove up to them and the persons in the vehicle started shooting at them.

They took off running to avoid being shot. According to the victims several shots were fired at them. The suspect vehicle and suspects left the scene after the shooting.

The Central Dispatch was immediately informed who sent police patrols and detectives to investigate what was going on. None of the victims were injured from any of the gun shots that were fired.

The area was closed off for the Forensic Department to collect evidence while detectives were questioning witnesses. It is still unclear who the suspects are in this case and why the shooting take place. (Police Force Sint Maarten)


MP Lake says people relieved with Gumbs Cabinet’s resignation

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Maurice Lake says he welcomes the resignation of the Marcel Gumbs Cabinet and the making of the way for the new cabinet to be installed.

“It is good they have finally tendered their resignations on Wednesday and will stop embarrassing themselves by not following the rules and making mockery of our Constitution. The Prime Minister and the other Council of Ministers have shown no respect for the Constitution, our Excellency the Governor, our elected representatives in Parliament and the People of St. Maarten,” the MP said.

“It is a “shame” that after the Prime Minister heard of a possible criminal complaint against his cabinet may be filed, based on the “Ley Suzy” Law and the police would have taken him out of office, “he runs and wants to sign and tender the resignations of the entire Gumbs Cabinet,” said Lake.

“If the Prime Minister has any Integrity he would apologize to the people of St. Maarten, instead of looking at it as a joke or victory for holding the country hostage for so long, and not abiding by the rules of the law.  Our political leaders needs to take a stand and raise the bar now through electoral reform to move St. Maarten forward in the general interest of the people,” said the MP.

“Some of our leaders just sit behind the scene, talk with two tongues and show lack of leadership and tolerate the disrespect to our Constitution. Any good Leader with character and ethics will step up and put the appointed ministers in order and tell them to resign and respect the Constitution. I have never heard of anywhere in the world where a majority elected representatives of the people passed a vote of no confidence in Parliament and then after the fact the an appointed Prime Minister not elected by the people gets off a plane and then dissolves Parliament based on his feelings and misinterpreting Article 59 in the Constitution,” said the MP.

“Imagine an appointed Prime Minister never consulted with the people decided on his own to call for new elections after the fact and the Governor entertained such a decree. ‘Only in St. Maarten.’

Lake said he fully agrees with the former Minister of Justice Roland Duncan that St. Maarten was put to shame by some people who are playing tit for tat or wants to give a last lick without following the rules. We need to raise the bar and show more political maturity in house of the Parliament and stop this petty politics of not signing up for meetings, twisting the rules of order and then laughing when you are dealing with the people business.  I was shock by some of our representative’s behaviour in parliament in front of our new Chairlady of Parliament.

“The Prime Minister also refused to meet with Parliament to give the reason for his cabinet’s decision to dissolve Parliament and schedule new elections, said Lake.

“Is the Prime Minister being coached behind the scenes by the UP Leader who appointed him or is he just a loose cannon that embarrassed himself in public by holding the Country hostage for a month?”

“The Prime Minster always had “this trump card” in his back pocket, said the MP. “I can remember the first time on March 21, 2015, I was in Orlando with my family when there were rumours of breaking Government from other MPs in which the same Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs left a voice message on the hotel room phone that says, ‘MP Lake, this is Marcel, please give me a call and if I don't hear from you, I will have no choice than to dissolve Parliament and call for new elections.’ I didn't call him back and I sent a message to the Leader of the UP that Marcel is out of order. That is sad, this was not the first time the prime minister behaved this way of threatening to dissolve parliament and call for elections.

Lake said the time is now to show political maturity through electoral and constitutional reform. When I took the oath by the Governor it was to uphold the Constitution and serve my people and not just to show party loyalty. “We must get ‘back to basics’ by bringing stability to our country, set priorities and achieve success in the general interest of the people. There is no more time to play politics with our people and their future.” 


Deletion references of two political parties

PHILIPSBURG - By virtue of Article 22 of the National Ordinance on Registration and Finances of Political Parties, the Electoral Council is required to delete the registered reference to be placed above the list of candidates of a political party if the party failed to submit a list of candidates for the last parliamentary election.

Both the Citizens for Positive Change and the Concordia Political Alliance Association, which have been registered with the Electoral Council, did not participate in the 2014 parliamentary elections.

Consequently, by Decision No. 1/2015 and Decision No. 2/2015 respectively, the Electoral Council has deleted the reference 4 Positive Change of the political party Citizens for Positive Change and the reference C.P.A. of the political party Concordia Political Alliance Association from the register of references. These Decisions will be published in the National Gazette and the local newspapers.

Based on Article 25 of the National Ordinance on Registration and Finances of Political Parties, an interested party may file an appeal against these Decisions with the Court in First Instance no later than the sixth day following the date of publication of these Decisions in the National Gazette.

Both political parties have been informed of the aforementioned Electoral Council Decisions.


Business Cycle Survey kicks off this week

PHILIPSBURG - The Department of Statistics (STAT), is collecting data for its Business Cycle Survey starting this Thursday.

The survey is geared towards capturing the performance of business establishments throughout the full year 2015, this will help the department assess the economic situation of industries within this period.

The target group includes all businesses with ten employees or more; and a sample of businesses with nine or less employees, the survey-period will continue through mid-December this year.

Entities who received the Business Cycle Survey for the first half of 2015, can now expect to receive a slightly more expanded questionnaire. Participants are asked to provide estimates of their overall activity, including levels and changes in turnover, personnel, costs and investments.

Additionally questions will include the opinions of entrepreneurs regarding competitiveness, confidence in business and the economy and their 2016 expectations.

STAT-trained interviewers will be distributing and collecting the Business Cycle questionnaires and will be available to provide support on filling the forms if this is necessary.

STAT urges all businesses approached to fully cooperate with the Business Cycle survey, as the private-sector input is essential for the department’s work in measuring current economic developments.


Car Wreck Clean up Commences November 4th in St. Peters

ST. PETERS – Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (Ministry VROMI) will commence November 4th with the clean-up of car wrecks in the district of St. Peters.  The clean-up will go on throughout the month of November.

Ministry VROMI is working in collaboration with the Community Police.

All vehicles matching the description of unpaid road tax; outdated inspection; abandonment; and hazardous to public safety upon notice from November 4th, 2015, will be removed from the St. Peters district.

All vehicles that are towed will be crushed.

All owners of vehicles matching the aforementioned description mentioned above are advised to remove their vehicles immediately.


Man remains at the Sint Maarten Medical Center after shooting in French Quarter

CAY HILL/FRENCH QUARTER - On Tuesday, October 27th at approximately 12.20 a.m. the Emergency Central Dispatch received a call from the Sint Maarten Medical Center informing them, that shortly before a man was brought into the center with two gunshot wounds and that the doctors were busy attending him.

Immediately a police patrol was sent to the scene to investigate what had taken place. On the scene the investigating officers spoke to the male victim who had a gunshot wound to his left arm and one in his back.

The victim stated that he was at a bar in French Quarter where he was suddenly and for no reason attacked by a group of unknown men, who began shooting at him. The victim also stated that he ran from the scene and got a ride from a friend who brought him to the Sint Maarten Medical Center.

Detectives went to the medical center and took a statement from the victim. The victim remains in the hospital for observation and further treatment.The French authorities have been informed of the incident and will continue the investigation when the victim is released from the hospital. (Police Force Sint Maarten)


Urgent Plenary session of the House about Dissolution of Parliament set for October 28

PHILIPSBURG – The House of Parliament will meet in an urgent plenary session on October 28 to discuss the dissolution of Parliament. This session will be carried live on Soualiga Newsday video feed.

The public Plenary Session is set for Wednesday, at 10.00am in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelmina Straat #1 in Philipsburg. 

The agenda point is the decision of the Council of Ministers to dissolve Parliament.

This meeting of the House was requested by the National Alliance Faction Members of Parliament (MPs) G.C. Pantophlet, MP S.E. Jacobs, and MP C.T. Emmanuel, in a letter dated October 20, 2015.

Members of the public are invited to the House of Parliament to attend parliamentary deliberations. 

The House of Parliament is located across from the Court House in Philipsburg.


Live 2 Lead Left Lasting Impact on Attendees: Repeat Broadcast November 8th

MAHO REEF - Approximately 90 leaders converged at the Sonesta Maho Resort recently to further enhance their leadership skills in order to make a greater impact in our community. Despite the technical challenges encountered during the simulcast, the overall sentiment from the attendees was that the event was “awesome,” “worthwhile attending,” and “life transforming.”

The Ministry of Education had the largest contingent of persons in attendance, headed by Minister Rita Bourne Gumbs. This was the first hosting of Live 2 Lead on St. Martin, a half day leader development experience designed to equip leaders from all walks of life with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways to take their leadership and vision to a higher dimension. Victorious Living Foundation has been hosting live leadership simulcasts since 2013 and Minister Rita Bourne-Gumbs was commended for being the first Minister of Government to participate in one of these powerful leadership simulcasts.

Live 2 Lead is designed by the internationally renowned leadership expert John C. Maxwell who in 2014 was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazines.

The event will be re-broadcast at the Philipsburg Cultural Center on November 8th to allow more leaders from both North and South of the island to benefit from its powerful content. The Minister of Education has agreed to include Live 2 Lead as part of the pre-St. Martin day Celebration schedule.

During the recently held Live 2 Lead event, local leaders were given the opportunity to voice their opinions regarding the state of our nation. The emotions ran high as persons shared their concern for the state of our nation’s Government, youth, education, families and communities. The visionary of Victorious Living Foundation, Dr. Erna Mae Francis-Cotton, challenged the attendees to take positive action to transform our nation as we continue to build our leadership capacity. The participants all agreed to rise to the challenge.

Registration is open now for the Live 2 Lead re-broadcast scheduled for November 8th at the Cultural Center from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Local leaders will have the opportunity to network and exchange ideas on how we can practically transform the state of affairs on St. Martin. Registration closes on November 5th, 2015.

Participants receive certificates of participation from John Maxwell’s Company. Autographed copies of John Maxwell’s latest book, Intentional Living will also be available for sale at the event. Speakers include Patrick Lencioni who states: “too many leaders are limiting their focus to areas like marketing, strategy, and technology.” He will be addressing the model in his latest book, The Advantage.  Lencioni asserts that leaders and organizations need to shift their focus to creating a healthy organization with minimal politics and confusion, high degrees of morale and productivity, and low turnover among good people.”

Victorious Living Foundation thanks all persons who contributed to making the recent event a success. To register for Live 2 Lead, persons may call VLF at 1-721-524-8731/1-721-542-2652; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

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