St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The High Court has ruled that Customs Officer, Leon Natta-Nelson, who has been touted as a St. Kitts Nevis Labor Party candidate for the next general elections, has the right to keep his job and run for office.
Natta-Nelson was suspended from duty, October 2018, by the Public Service Commission, for breaching Public Service Commission Codes 36 and 38.
He moved to the court challenging the codes, deeming them “unconstitutional” and “infringing” on a citizen’s right.
Attorney at law Sylvester Anthony who represented Natta-Nelson said, “The government of St Kitts and Nevis brought disciplinary charges against Mr. Natta-Nelson. The first charge was of misconduct and the particulars of that charge were that they alleged that sometime at the end of June 2018 he introduced himself to a resident of Christ Church Village in constituency No. 7 as a candidate of the St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party running against Timothy Harris in the next general election. The second charge was that he Mr. Natta-Nelson on or about the same time in June 2018 did seek to solicit and or canvas support for his political campaign from a resident of Christ Church Village and so he was due to attend a hearing for the determination of those charges. As a legal strategy, we sought to preempt the hearing of those charges by filing the claim that we did that, that is the decision we got.”
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