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Election Supervisor Rules on Reinstatement of Names on Voters List

In his statement Mr. Archibald explained his rational.

“I have reviewed the circumstances surrounding the removal of those names and the due process principles established recently by the decision of Mr. Justice Lionel Jones and affirmed by the Court of Appeal.  I believe that in view of the facts I have discovered and the requirements for personal service and the provision of proper and adequate notice to those persons whose names had been objected to and may have been removed and after having obtained appropriate legal advice, I believe I am obliged to issue a supplementary list to reinstate the names of all persons who have been removed from the Registrar of Voters in 2012 without due process.”

The Supervisor of Elections further detailed that this action does not mean that there was no premise for the removal of the names.

“This decision does not mean and must not be interpreted to mean that I accept that those persons are lawfully resident or registered in any particular constituency.  My decision is based solely on the fact that the due process flaws appear to affect these removals as existed and commented on adversely by Mr. Justice Lionel Jones and the Court of Appeal.”

Supervisor of Elections Archibald explained that following reinstatement of the names “the process for objections can be re-activated as the objectors deem fit, and consistent with the due process principles identified by the Courts.”

The matter of the transfer of names was also addressed by Mr. Archibald, who in late 2012 replaced the controversial Pasor Leroy Benjamin, under whose watch the names were illegally removed.

“I have also directed that the names of all persons who have applied for transfers to other constituencies be effected and a supplementary list reflecting these transfers be published as well.”

Nevis local elections are scheduled to take place January 22, 2013.  

 

 

 

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