Aaron Francois quits as Supervisor of Elections

Aaron Francois - tendered his resignation with immediate effect

Aaron Francois – tendered his resignation with immediate effect

Supervisor of Elections, Aaron Francois has resigned from the post.

Francois, the current Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health confirmed to THE NEW TODAY newspaper on Monday that earlier in the day he had submitted his letter of resignation to Governor-General, Dame Cecile La Grenade.

He declined to give the specific reasons for the sudden resignation except to say that it was done for “personal and professional” reasons.

Francois was elevated to the position after Dame Cecile decided to fire Senior Health Officer, Judy Benoit from the post of Supervisor of Elections at the end of September 2013.

It is the first time in recent history that the holder of the post of Supervisor of elections has tendered his resignation.

Francois did not specifically refer to questions posed to him by the newspaper that his resignation was linked to the transfer of an IT official from the electoral Office without his knowledge.

There are unconfirmed reports that the Supervisor of Elections was not consulted on the removal from the office of the IT Specialist by the Public Service Commission (PSC).

Speculation is rife that a letter written by Francois on the issue was sent to both the PSC and Dame Cecile seeking answers to his query.

He was allegedly told that the transfer is not reversible and as such decided to quit the post for the lack of respect shown to him.

A former top civil servant complemented Francois for the stand taken because he would have done it at a financial loss.

“As Supervisor of elections, he was getting about $1800.00 more on his salary as a PS (Permanent Secretary). Some others would have not gone that route and take nonsense just to hold onto that kind of money”, he said.

There has been no official announcement from the Office of Dame Cecile on a replacement for the Supervisor of Elections.

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