Phillip takes charge at Electoral Office

Alex Phillip

Alex Phillip

Principal of the Wesley College Secondary School, Alex Phillip is the new Acting Supervisor of Elections.

Phillip took the oath of office on Monday afternoon during a brief ceremony conducted by Governor General, Dame Cécile La Grenade.

The new Acting Supervisor has been a civil servant for more than 25 years, of which he has served as Principal of Wesley College for the last 11 years.

An education official told THE NEW TODAY that Phillip was the recipient of a scholarship to study in Cuba.

His appointment comes weeks after the resignation of Acting Supervisor of Elections, Aaron Francois citing “personal and professional” reasons.

It is the first time in recent history that the holder of the post of Supervisor of Elections had tendered his resignation from the job.

It is popular belief that Francois’ resignation was linked to the transfer of an IT Specialist from the Electoral Office without his knowledge as well as political interference.

The senior public officer was elevated to the position following the dismissal of Senior Health Officer, Judy Benoit from the post of Supervisor of Elections at the end of September 2013.

Benoit was sacked after she questioned a directive from the Cabinet of Ministers to install internet service in the various Electoral Office and to link them to a system within the Office of the Prime Minister.

Under the Grenada Constitution, the Supervisor of Elections has to report to the Governor-General and not the political directorate.

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