Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Guyana CJ to decide on hearing for election injunction

Photo: Dillon De Shong

Photo: Dillon De Shong

Acting Chief Justice (CJ) Roxane George-Wiltshire will rule, tomorrow, whether she has the jurisdiction to hear an injunction that seeks to stop the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) from declaring the March 2 Regional and General Elections.

George made the statement today after she heard hours of arguments from attorneys representing the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and GECOM.

The ruling will be handed down from 1:30 pm.

The court is being asked to decide if challenges to the election results should be brought in the form of an injunction or election petition.

The case was brought after Region Four Returning Officer Clairmont Mingo sought to declare the results even though it did not go through the full verification process.

On Thursday, Justice Navindra Singh granted the injunction against GECOM, Chief Election Officer Keith Lowenfield and Mingo.

PPP/C candidate and attorney Mohabir Anil Nandlall told the media that they “argued this identical issue in 2001” and he is confident the acting CJ will rule in their favour because her predecessor heard a similar case and ordered GECOM to verify results.

They will also file three supplementary affidavits.

 GECOM’s attorney Neil Boston said their position is that any unlawful election act must be dealt with in a petition.

“This court has no jurisdiction to determine the issue at this intermediate stage. The election is still in progress. It can only be challenged pursuant to article 163 of the constitution by way of an election petition. The issues that they’ve raised points to whether the elections have been lawfully conditioned in a place and whether there have been illegal acts which may affect the outcome of the elections,” he added.

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