The matter which was heard on Wednesday 31st August, 2011, was before Justice Indra Hariprashad – Charles at the High Court in Charlestown, Nevis.
The Amended Election Petition was filed by Mr. Brantley, followed his party’s challenge of the results of the July 11th Nevis Island Elections that was declared in favour of the Nevis Reformation Party.
However neither the Supervisor of Elections, Mr. Leroy Benjamin who is one of the key respondents of the petition or Mr. Brantley the petitioner was in court on Wednesday. Both indicated that they were otherwise engaged in matters that required their attention.
Counsel for the Supervisor of Elections, Returning Officer and Registration Office, Mr. Arud Gossai apologised for the absence of the Supervisor, whom he indicated was preparing for the Passing of the Baton of the Commissioner of Police one day later on 1st September 2011. The Supervisor is the Chaplain of the police force.
In the case of Mr. Brantley, his lawyer, Dane Hamilton, QC, reported that he was away on professional duties.
Mr. Hamilton was at the time in Nevis in connection with the swearing in of the new President of the Caribbean Court of Justice, Sir Dennis Byron and was holding “papers” for the Petitioner’s Lawyer Mr. Mendes of Trinidad.
Those named in the petition are Premier of Nevis, and leader of the NRP, Joseph Parry, Deputy Premier, Hensley Daniel, (who ran against Brantley in the St. John Constituency), Members of the Electoral Commission and the Returning and Registration Officers. These were reported to be present in court