Saint Kitts and Nevis is a multiparty parliamentary democracy and federation. In February 2015 national elections, Team Unity, a coalition of three opposition parties, defeated the previously ruling Saint Kitts and Nevis Labor Party and won seven of the 11 elected seats in the legislature. Team Unity leader Timothy Harris was elected prime minister. Independent observers from the Organization of the American States concluded that the election was generally free and fair, but they called for electoral reform, noting that procedural difficulties in the election process resulted in the slow transmission of results. The constitution provides the smaller island of Nevis considerable self-government under a premier.
Civilian authorities maintained effective control over the security forces.
The most significant human rights issues included violence against women and girls, child abuse, and criminalization of same-sex sexual activity, although the law was not enforced during the year.
The government took steps to prosecute and convict officials who committed abuses, but some cases remained unresolved.