SMCP opens headquarters, presents manifestoPOSTED: 07/26/16 6:40 PM
St. Maarten News — The Sint Maarten Christian Party officially opened the party headquarters located on Backstreet on Wednesday morning and used the opportunity to also launch its manifesto. The Christian Party the first for St. Maarten even though the Netherlands has had a history of Christian parties for years. The SMCP said it is bringing Christian values to the fore and is expected to lead with integrity.
Party leader Wycliffe Smith who was the senior pastor at the New Testament Baptist Church in Philipsburg and past president of the St Maarten United Ministerial Foundation (SMUMF), said at the opening of their new headquarters that “the electorate for years have been speaking of the lack of integrity, honesty and transparency in government.” He noted that there were many stories which were surfaced regarding bribery, corruption, deals and greed by politicians and government representatives.
He pointed out that “ship jumping has become the order of the day” and as a result the people are disenfranchised and frustrated with the majority of the politicians. Hence some of the electorate have said they are not prepared to vote in the upcoming elections which are slated for September 26, 2016.
He said that there is hope for a better St. Maarten since a positive change is coming with the SMCP and promises to lead and govern the island with integrity on Election Day. He called on the electorate to allow them to make the change by giving them a clear majority of eight or more seats “so that they can lead without the distractions of corruption selfish leaders and ship jumping. He maintains that the SMCP will bring change to the Parliament of St. Maarten, government, education, health care, the six months contract and the tax system.