Who will be the Next Supervisor of Elections?

 
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.

Who will be the Next Supervisor of Elections?

 
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.

Possible MOU to be Established between UVI and Government

 
The focus for most of the students at the sixth forms in the two islands would be shifting soon to possible studies overseas to advance their education at university or college. 
 
Parents, as well as education officials, are therefore filled with expectations that the recent discussions between the president of the University of the Virgin Islands, UVI, and government officials in St. Kitts and Nevis, would result in tangible benefits for the nation’s children, who are now enrolled in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations program, and will shortly be preparing for college life. 
 
There could be good news in the making though for these students. A proposed Memorandum of Understanding between the University of the Virgin Islands and the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis could lead to some benefits to nationals of the twin-island state who are hopeful of pursuing their tertiary education at the institution. 
 
The agreement, if concluded, would also have the involvement of the Nevis island Administration, NIA. 
 
This expectation has come out of a meeting held in Basseterre last week between the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and the President of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), Dr. David Hall, who upon the completion of his visit emphasised that discussions with education officials here pointed to clear paths that could lead to the development of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). 
 
“We had productive discussions on trying to expand our relationship with the Federation and I’m leaving very optimistic.”  
 
He said the objective was to have this done by the end of October so that students going to UVI for the spring semester next January would reap its benefits.  It was also noted that the MOU with the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College will be expanded while an initial one would have to be developed for the Sixth Form in Nevis. 
 
The UVI President described his trip to St. Kitts and Nevis as the most productive trip in the last 3 years. 
 
It is said that students from the two islands would benefit from an easier process of acceptance and lower fees, if the UVI is made their choice of academic study.

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