CCJ sche­du­les sin­gle hea­ring for re­count ca­se next Wed­nes­day

Times of Suriname - - KINDERPAGI­NA -

The Ca­rib­bean Court of Jus­ti­ce (CCJ) has sche­du­led a sin­gle hea­ring for the Gu­y­a­na elec­ti­ons re­count ca­se. No­ting the ur­g­en­cy and im­por­tan­ce of the ca­se to Gu­y­a­na, the full bench of the CCJ led by the Court’s Pre­si­dent Jus­ti­ce Adri­an Saun­ders yes­ter­day, hand­ed down se­ve­r­al di­rec­ti­ves on how the sub­stan­ti­ve is­sues of the ca­se will be dealt with du­ring the sin­gle hea­ring sche­du­led for Wed­nes­day Ju­ly 1, 2020.

The hea­ring set to start at 9:00 am on Wed­nes­day con­cerns a ca­se fi­led in Gu­y­a­na’s Ap­peal Court by Es­lyn David against the Gu­y­a­na

Elec­ti­ons Com­mis­si­on (GECOM). David had as­ked the Ap­peal Court to ru­le on a num­ber of is­sues re­gar­ding the cre­di­bi­li­ty of the Ge­ne­ral and Re­gi­o­nal Elec­ti­ons. Among other things, the Court of Ap­peal had ru­led that in de­ter­mi­ning the re­sults of the elec­ti­ons, the coun­try’s Chief Elec­ti­ons Of­fi­cer, Keith Lo­wen­field, must do so ba­sed on who re­cei­ved the most “va­lid” vo­tes. The ru­ling ca­me af­ter a CARICOM – su­per­vi­sed re­count exer­ci­se which showed that the PPP/C has over 15,000 vo­tes ahead of the in­cum­bent A Part­ner­ship for Na­ti­o­nal Uni­ty + Al­li­an­ce For (APNU+AFC)

Re­spon­ding par­ties in the mat­ter which in­clu­ded the PPP/C held that the Court lack­ed ju­ris­dic­ti­on to even hear the mat­ter and sub­se­quent­ly ap­pea­led to the CCJ. Yes­ter­day, the CCJ hand­ed down di­rec­ti­ons as to how par­ties in­vol­ved in the mat­ter are to sub­mit their ar­gu­ments in ac­cor­dan­ce with the ti­me­li­ne of the Court. No­ta­bly ab­sent at the ca­se ma­na­ge­ment hea­ring we­re the legal re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves of the Chief Elec­ti­ons Of­fi­cer, Keith Lo­wen­field, and GECOM, who are chief res­pon­dents. (Kai­e­teur News)


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