Businessman Nicholas Steele who is associated with the main opposition, New National Party is taking legal action against Supervisor of Elections, Judy Benoit to force the office to publish an updated Voter’s Registration list.
Stelle, the NNP Caretaker for the Town of St George, is taking the Supervisor to task for what he sees as her failure to adhere to the laws that guides the functions of the country’s elections office.
During a recent press conference in St. George’s, Attorney-at-Law, Dwight Horsford reminded the media that the Representation of the People’s Act mandates the publishing of the voter’s registration list quarterly and that this has been ignored since December 2011.
Horsford explained that the lawsuit stems from the Supervisor’s failure to publish or cause to be published and gazetted the current voter’s registration list.
Judicial review is being sought through Steele who hopes the court will rule in his favour and order the Supervisor to immediately publish the updated voter’s list which needs to be canvassed by all political parties in the lead up to the upcoming General Elections.
Two months ago, Opposition members informed the media during a press conference that they have approached Governor General, Sir Carlyle Glean with a view to persuade the Supervisor of Elections to publish the updated list.
The party warned then that further action would be taken if their request was not satisfied.
The revelation of the lawsuit against the senior public officer came amidst her recent hospitalisation at the St. George’s General Hospital for what has been described as a mild stroke.
The NNP expressed concern about her well-being against the filing of the curt papers but was quick to point out that the action taken against her is not personal.
In recent months, the party has expressing several concerns about Grenada’s electoral process such as the voter’s registration list, the slow processing of ID Cards and the theft of the computer system at St. Paul’s to assist with the voter registration process.
Steele told party supporters attending the NNP’s recent public Rally at the Roy St John Playing Field in Tanteen, St. George’s that the legal action taken against Benoit is not just to benefit the NNP but also for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) party, other political parties and the electorate throughout the tri-island.
A few weeks ago, the Supervisor of Elections disclosed that to date 41,520 people have been registered from a population of just more than 110,000 people.
A court date is yet to be fixed for the hearing of the legal action against Benoit.