Retired Assistant Supervisor of Elections, Ada Holder has decided to sue Minister of State for Climate Change, Senator Winston Garraway for libellous statements made about her in the campaign leading up to the March 13 general election.
A well-placed source told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that Holder has secured the services of former Attorney-General, Rohan Phillip to pursue Garraway in the high court.
He said that the lawsuit is being filed over statements uttered by Garraway at a public meeting in Marian held by the Member of Parliament for the St. George South-east constituency, Gregory Bowen.
Sen. Garraway was one of the regular platform speakers used by Bowen throughout the six week campaign period.
According to the source, both Holder and her husband sat at their home in Marian and heard the disparaging remarks made against the retired electoral official by the government minister less than 200 yards away.
He said that Garraway was given an opportunity by attorney Phillip through a warning letter sent to him to apologise for the offending statement but apparently he failed to comply.
The source quoted the Holders’ as saying that Sen. Garraway “went too far” in attacking the former Assistant Supervisor of Elections on the political platform of the ruling New National Party (NNP).
The former senior electoral official was not reached on Wednesday for comment on the issue but her husband was rather cautious in giving out details of the impending lawsuit.
Holder attracted national attention in February 2017 when she abruptly resigned from the Electoral Office in the wake of the mass firing of a number of Returning Officers by Governor-General, Dame Cecile La Grenade in controversial circumstances.
The main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) reacted to the development inside the Electoral Office by accusing the Keith Mitchell-led NNP regime of trying to set the stage to rig the upcoming general election.
The NNP took all 15 seats in the March 13 poll to leave Congress without a voice in the Lower House of Parliament.