In the wake of a court ruling last week, (Monday 27th August, 2012), it was announced on Friday 31st August, by Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas, that Leroy Benjamin had resigned his post and he revealed that work had already begun to fill the vacant position so that the associated responsibilities could be carried out.
With an election due in Nevis in 90 days, the added question that is being asked is, how soon will the vacant position be filled?
However, if one is to go by some of the opinions expressed in the media since Benjamin’s resignation, whosoever is identified as the new Supervisor of Elections will be held to even higher standards than those allocated to the former office holder. The personal and professional character of that new head of the electoral office would be expected to include positive traits of integrity and fairness. More importantly, according to members of the public, he or she should not allow their personal political persuasions to cloud their responsibilities to ensure that the country has an electoral system and employees whose only interest is the conduct of free and fair elections, in accordance with the laws of the country.
Benjamin’s resignation was accepted by the Governor-General, Sir Cuthbert Sebastian late last week and the move was welcomed by opposition political parties, and other social activists who thought that it was not possible for Mr. Benjamin to continue, given the indictment of the Eastern Caribbean Appeals Court, on the conduct of his responsibilities during the 2011 Island Elections in Nevis.
In the meantime, no possible names have so far surfaced but it is believed that careful thought is being allowed in the process of filling the position.