Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Guyana: High Court sets date to begin hearing election challenge

Chief Justice Roxanne George-Wiltshire will begin hearing oral arguments on Friday, July 17 in the latest legal battle on Guyana’s disputed March 2 Regional and General Elections.

George-Wiltshire set arguments to begin at 2.00 pm following today’s case management proceedings.

She expects arguments to be concluded by 5.00 pm and a ruling could be handed down by Sunday.

The first item on the court’s agenda will be whether it has jurisdiction to hear the matter.

During the hearing, attorneys representing the Attorney General of Guyana, who is a respondent in the matter, asked the court to give an interim order to prevent the Guyana Elections Commission from taking any steps to make a declaration.

In response, GECOM’s counsel gave a commitment not to proceed with a declaration as she noted Commission Chairman Claudette Singh has always awaited the conclusion of court cases.

GECOM is also a respondent in the matter.

George-Wiltshire has given the applicant, Misenga Jones, until 11.00 pm on Wednesday to file documents.  

The respondents have until 10.00 pm on Thursday to file their documents.

During Friday’s hearing, Jones’ attorneys will have 30 minutes to present their case.

The respondents will be given 20 minutes each.

Six other persons/political entities have asked to be parties in the matter and they will be given 15 minutes to be heard.

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