Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Unprecedented CCJ hearing as Barbados resident fights for voting right

Photo via Caribbean360.

Photo via Caribbean360.

St Lucian national Professor Eddy Ventose has lived in Barbados for a number of years.

Set to appear before the Caribbean Court of Appeal in an unprecedented Sunday hearing, Ventose is seeking to be included on the Barbados electoral register.

His position is that under the prevailing laws he is qualified and entitled to be registered, and is asking that the CCJ declare that his name be included on the final voters' list ahead of its publication this week.

After hearing arguments on the matter, the Chief Justice of Barbados, sitting as a trial judge, had issued an order compelling the Chief Electoral Officer to allow Professor Ventose to be registered to vote.

The Court of Appeal ruled that he was entitled to be registered to vote but stopped short of compelling the Chief Electoral Officer to so do.

The court instead ordered the CEO to determine Professor Ventose's claim within 24 hours.

The CCJ’s decision on the matter will also affect other Commonwealth Caribbean citizens, resident in Barbados for the relevant qualifying period, who are also claiming a right to be registered as voters under the Barbados laws.

Ventose’s application for leave to appeal came to the CCJ on Friday afternoon and, in light of the acknowledged urgency of the matter, the Court responded by scheduling the hearing for this Sunday.

 

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