FULL COURT RULES IT HAS NO JURISDICTION TO HEAR RECOUNT CASE
This morning, the High Court unanimously agreed that it has no jurisdiction in the elections recount case. This now opens up the possibility of a CARICOM sponsored recount for the 2020 general and regional elections. George Gonsalves has that story…Posted by Safetv2 Headline News on Tuesday, 31 March 2020
On Tuesday, the Full Court discharged the injunctions granted by High Court Judge Franklyn Holder on March 17. The injunctions stopped the Guyana Elections Commission from carrying out a CARICOM supervised full recount of votes cast at the March 02 general and regional elections.
In a unanimous decision, the Full Court ruled that it is not within the court’s jurisdiction to review decisions of GECOM to carry out its mandate.
According to Justice George Article 162 of the Constitution allows GECOM to independently resolve issues that arise. This includes allowing the votes to recounted in a manner that is contrary to the established elections laws.
Justice Holder granted the orders at the request of Moore, who was an East Coast Demerara candidate for the Coalition in the 2018 Local Government elections and a Region Four candidate for the Coalition in the March 02 elections. The agreement was signed Monday night. The Full Court has now reversed that decision.