Privy Council rules in favor of St. Kitts opposition

High Court fineThe Privy Council has ruled in favor of the opposition in St. Kitts saying that elections in that country will be held using the old electoral boundaries.

The Privy Council was asked to rule on whether or not the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal was correct to uphold the discharge of an interim injunction preventing the adoption of new electoral boundaries ahead of the February 16 general elections, according to a report by the CMC.

The Council had reserved judgement until today after hearing submissions from attorneys representing four opposition politicians and those representing the Constituency Boundaries Commission, Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas and the island’s attorney general.

The Privy Council was told that on January, Governor General of St. Kitts Sir Edmund Lawrence sought to adopt new electoral constituency boundaries shortly before the general election, scheduled for Monday next week.

But the matter did not go down well with the opposition which challenged the decision and sought to get an ex-parte injunction on the same day to prevent the adoption of the new boundaries.

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18 Comments

  1. Bret Hardly
    February 16, 2015

    Great judgement long live the privy council Caribbean politicians will never and can never buy. Unlike the foolish, bias,hungry, poor and corrupt judges in the Caribbean. These so call educated men (judges) need to be re-educated and would really like the masses to start chasing these guys out of every single island where they are engaged in such malpractice using vigilante justice and this I exhort must start very soon.

  2. patriotic Dominican
    February 16, 2015

    what percentage of Dominican in favour C C J one man PM sherrit decided no more privy council i believe a petition should be made to bring back our country to the privy council

  3. Titiwi
    February 13, 2015

    One in the eye for Tony. Long live the Privy Counsel.!!

  4. marigot
    February 13, 2015

    Is this not the same St kitts Labour Party that the present leader of the opposition in Dominica was associated with in 2013. Helping to spread propaganda and ignoring the fact that that many in St. kitts wanted the corrupt government gone. Talking up the St. Kitts Labour party as if it were the second coming of christ. What has gone wrong? What we must not forget that it was the UWP during its short term in office that tried the gerrymandering stunt thanks god they were stoped by the courts. Dr Douglas who by all reports is or/was an associate of the Leader of the opposition in Dominica, tried the same stunt and was stoped by the courts, this time the Privy Council.

    • chowmien
      February 14, 2015

      What u should know is that skeritt is always on their platform in St. Kitts. It’s his sister labour party. So technically he is closer to it than Linton, who is just paid to do a job in a professional context.

  5. FORKIT
    February 13, 2015

    why do these Caribbean leaders want to rule for ever.

    • The Facts
      February 13, 2015

      If they feel like campaigning and they are voted in, why not? Place yourself in their position.

  6. Helas!!
    February 13, 2015

    This ruling would not be possible in Dominica , no more privy council!!!

    check the government of St.kitts lawyers or their behind the scenes backers, and tell me if there is a certain x. astaphan, I would not be surprised.

    !!!

  7. Just Observing
    February 13, 2015

    I note the speed with which the Privy Council gave a judgement in this matter. Why can’t such alacrity be applied to the many other matters that are presently before the court? That matter developed a few days perhaps weeks ago and we already have a judgement. Very interesting!!

    • Erasmus B. Black
      February 13, 2015

      @ Just Observing:

      If you were observing well, you would have observed that they had to move with alacrity because the election date in St Kitts is February 16, 2015 and the list must be published before the elections,

      Thank you.

  8. The Facts
    February 12, 2015

    If an electoral constituents’ boundary change is to be established, it probably could take effect for the next election. Discussions should be held on this matter. It may make sense to change it but way in advance of election; not so close to Election Day.

  9. DEAL or NO DEAL
    February 12, 2015

    Let’s hear what the Opposition leader for the Dominica United Party has to say on that!

  10. Democracy 4 Dominica
    February 12, 2015

    That’s what I’m talking about. The opposition of Dominica should pay close attention to this latest development. If you want results you got to go through the proper avenue. All this talk and no action won’t fly. Forward all the relevant the documents to the Privy Council and stop dithering.

  11. Not a herd follower
    February 12, 2015

    That ruling puts ammunition in the hands of those who argue for remaining with the Privy Council. And rightfully so!

  12. Fedup #1
    February 12, 2015

    Thank God the Privy Council still exists. It is time that we let these dictators around the Caribbean know that they can be stopped. It would have been so unjust to let PM Douglas who operated with a minority government for over 2 years to just come to Parliament and make such a mockery of the system. This is the same leader who continued with business as usual for 2 years and refused to call the “Vote of No Confidence” motion. This dictatorship mentality that is bearing its ugly head in the region needs to be stopped.

  13. Erasmus B. Black
    February 12, 2015

    Basseterre, St Kitts, Roseau, Dominica, Kingstown, St Vincent. What do these countries’ ruling class have in common? A recurring common factor in a Barbadian who could make his late compatriot – the alleged gun-runner who was once in cohorts with a former Dominica PM, look like Saint Augustine; a new kind of suffrage based on political and personal motives rather than democratic motives; a system where gerrymandering, bogus polls, and the wholesale importation of diaspora voters have become the new norm. Keep hope alive, St Kitts! The longest rope has an end.

  14. Mark
    February 12, 2015

    Skerrit take note!!!!

  15. Bee
    February 12, 2015

    Wait nuh…. Is only Skerrit that above the law man?

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