The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has expressed concern with the most recent appointment of retired school principal, Gretha Franklyn as Deputy Supervisor of Elections.
Franklyn, who had previously served as presiding officer in one of the polling stations, has replaced outgoing Deputy Supervisor of Elections Ada Holder, who resigned from the job earlier in the year, after more than 30 years, in protest over the manner in which Governor-General Dame Cecile La Grenade unceremoniously sacked eight of the 15 registration officers.
According to the NDC Political Leader, Senator Nazim Burke, information reaching him is that Deputy Franklyn, who took up her new post on April 3, has never worked in the electoral office and has no experience in the administration of the office,” which he said, “is of major concern.”
Addressing this issue during the party’s weekly press conference at its St. George’s headquarters on Monday, Sen. Burke pointed to reports emanating out of St. Patrick’s that Franklyn is considered to have “very close ties” to the ruling New National Party (NNP) Government of Dr. Keith Mitchell and “has also served as one of the members on the NNP executive in one of the constituencies in the past.”
Franklyn, who is a former principal of the Hermitage Government School, is now tasked with running the office of the Supervisor of Election on a day-to-day basis.
“That person needs to have a very good grasp, a very good sense of the administration” Sen. Burke pointed out.
In a recent telephone interview with THE NEW TODAY, Public Relations Officer and Voter and Civic Registration Officer Ferdinand Phillip said, the new deputy is being trained to ensure that she is prepared to serve as needed if an election was to be called at any moment.
Political analysts have predicted that the next general election will be called sometime between the end of May and June.