Friday 30 October, 2020

Guyana CJ to hear election injunction

The High Court of Guyana. Photo: Dillon De Shong

The High Court of Guyana. Photo: Dillon De Shong

Guyana’s Chief Justice (CJ) Roxanne George-Wiltshire ruled that the court has jurisdiction to determine whether the Returning Officer (RO) for Region 4 adhered to the law when he declared results of the March 2 Regional and General Election.

George-Wiltshire handed down the ruling on Sunday afternoon, one day after she heard arguments from Attorneys representing the appellant, who is a supporter of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and defendant the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).

The CJ agreed that there was evidence of non-compliance with election law.

The ruling means that a swearing-in ceremony of a new president cannot take place until the case is completed.

Speaking with reporters after the ruling, GECOM’s attorney Neil Boston said they were disappointed with the ruling but they will be filing affidavits to defend their positions.

The law gives the Guyana Elections Commission 15 days to announce election results and Boston said he is afraid that the CJ will give her ruling by March 11.

Boston promised the court that Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield will not proceed to present his final report on the polls until the matter is completed.

Attorney and PPP/C MP Mohabir Anil Nandlall said they are happy with the ruling, noting that the matter to be addressed is clear.

They will return to court on Tuesday at 2 pm.

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