BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Monday December 18, 2017 – The former supervisor of elections in St Kitts and Nevis has been slapped with two charges of misconduct in public office, related to his delay in releasing some of the results from the February 16, 2015 general elections.
Wingrove George was granted EC$50,000 (US$18,519) bail when he appeared in court on the charges last Friday, but had to surrender his travel documents as a condition of that bail release.
The charges stem from George inexplicably halting the vote count on election night in two constituencies: Saint Christopher #4 and Saint Christopher #8, which Lindsay Grant and Eugene Hamilton – both Ministers in the Government of National Unity – represent, respectively. He did not declare the results until two days later.
George’s withholding of results was met with local and regional criticism.
Then Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Kamla Persad-Bissessar had said at the time that “the region’s reputation for democracy and for free and fair elections will be under threat as long as this issue in St Kitts and Nevis remains unresolved”.
St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said George’s “unprecedented tardiness” had “given rise to unnecessary uncertainty”.