ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – A High Court judge on Wednesday ruled that the election of three government parliamentarians, including Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, was invalid, throwing the United Progressive Party (UPP) administration into a tailspin.
However, Justice Louise Blenman has confirmed that Trevor Walker of the government-aligned Barbuda People Movement (BPM) was duly elected to lone seat on the sister island in the March 12, 2009 poll.
On the other hand, Prime Minister Spencer, as well as Tourism Minister John Maginley and Education Minister Jacqui Quinn-Leandro will be forced to demit their seats, making way for either a by-election in those constituencies or a general election.
Based on Wednesday’s decision, the ruling UPP has six of the 17 seats in Parliament, while the opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) now command seven. But the UPP also has the support of the BPM.
The ALP has welcomed the court ruling, which leaves the UPP to ponder its next move.