Disgraced former Supervisor of Elections Wingrove George will likely have to pay as much as $100,000 as High Court Judge Eddie Ventose dismissed his claims and awarded costs to the government in a matter brought by him. Justice Ventose struck out all five of the grounds in the claims and awarded costs for the frivolous claim despite the fact that costs are rarely awarded in Judicial Review matters. The fact that costs were awarded indicates the grossly frivolous nature of the claims brought by George .
As a result of Judge Ventose dismissal of the claim the interim injunction by which George’s bail and conditions were suspended have been reinstated meaning he has to give up his passport.
Attorneys Angelina Sookoo-Bobb and Sylvester Anthony represents George in the matter. The government side is ebing represented by Attorneys Victor Elliott-Hamilton and Macclure Taylor
George was arrested and charged after an investigation into his conduct as a Supervisor of Elections . The two-fold investigation looked into claimed irregularities at the Electoral Office in Basseterre on the night of February 16, 2015 Elections and thereafter.
The other aspect of the investigations is the alleged computer breaches under the watch of the Supervisor of Elections, as well as the alleged break-in at the Electoral Office.
George was at the center of the Infamous 2015 Elections Night Debacle which saw a delay in the count and announcement of the final votes by almost 24 hours.
It is alleged that during the February 2015 federal election that saw the Labour Party ousted from office, ballot boxes at the Electoral office had been breached. It was also alleged that the computer systems at the office had been accessed externally.