AMENDMENT TO NATIONAL HONOURS ACT GOES TO PARLIAMENT
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, SEPTEMBER 21ST 2005 (CUOPM) - Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Sam Condor will seek parliamentary approval on Wednesday to amend the National Honours Act.
The proposed amendment will provide for a fourth class of honour to be called “The Order of Saint Christopher and Nevis.”
Only Visiting Heads of State or person with similar status, whose Government has made substantial contribution to the development of Saint Christopher and Nevis will be eligible for the award of the “Order of Saint Christopher and Nevis.”
According to the National Honours (Amendment) Bill, 2005, a person to whom the Order of Saint Christopher and Nevis is awarded, will be entitled to have the letters “S.C.N.” placed after his or her name on occasions when the use of such letters is customary.
The St. Kitts and Nevis Federal Parliament passed the National Honours Act in 1996, establishing the three classes of award: The Order of National Hero, the Star of Merit and the Medal of Honour and proclaiming September 16th as National Hero’s Day.
A Standing National Awards Committee comprising members of the Public Service Commission, Trades Unions, Chamber of Commerce, the public, church and women organisations and the National Youth Council, receive applications from the public nominating citizens of the Federation who have given distinguished service to the country.
Inside the National Assembly of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis (photo by Erasmus Williams)