Guyana’s Chief Justice to Rule on Challenges to No Confidence Motion by End of Month

Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Wednesday January 16, 2019 – Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire plans to rule by the end of January, on three challenges to the no confidence motion which the coalition government lost last month.

During a case management hearing yesterday, she said the court would decide on those cases “as urgently as possible”, since “the nation is awaiting the outcome of these matters”.

“A decision will be ready before the end of this month, ” George-Wiltshire said.

The challenges stem from the outcome of no confidence motion against government, filed by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and passed in the National Assembly on December 21. The ‘yes’ vote by government backbencher Charrandass Persaud gave the Opposition the 33-32 majority it needed to be carried. But the David Granger-led administration is challenging it, arguing that, among other things, the motion need an absolute majority of 34 and that Persaud has dual citizenship and therefore did not qualify to be a sitting Member of Parliament.

George-Wiltshire has instructed the attorneys for the various parties in the three cases – Compton Reid vs The Attorney General, Persaud and The Speaker of the National Assembly; Christopher Ram vs The Attorney General and Speaker of the National Assembly and the Attorney General vs The Speaker of the National Assembly and the Opposition Leader – to submit legal arguments by January 18.

January 21 has been set as the deadline for rebuttals and oral arguments will be heard on January 24.

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