(Caribbean 360 News) NASSAU, The Bahamas, Monday May 8, 2017 – A new man will be in charge of overseeing general elections in The Bahamas on Wednesday.
After being criticized for his handling of the advanced poll last Wednesday, with some calling for him to go, Sherlyn Hall has been removed as Parliamentary Commissioner and replaced, for now, by permanent secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Charles Albury.
Late opening of the polling station last Wednesday forced thousands of early voters to endure lengthy delays, some waiting as long as five hours in the sun to exercise their franchise. Some voters also claimed their names were not on the advanced poll register, although they had applied to vote early.
Hall had refused to take the blame for how badly the day turned out, instead insisting that the outcome was the result of insubordinate or misguided officials within his department who did not follow his “directives” and instructions. Specifically, he blamed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Carl Smith, whom he appointed as senior returning officer for the advanced poll, for the decision to have one polling station instead of two as originally planned.