Lawyers representing the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) and United Workers Party (UWP) petitioners will each be awarded two hours to orally argue their submissions, when the dual citizenship matter involving Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Education Minister Petter St. Jean continues in the Roseau High Cout 9 a.m today.
The UWP wants the court to declare that both Skerrit and St Jean were illegally nominated to contest the December 2009 general election because they allegedly held dual citizenship at the time.
And now that the evidentiary portion of the case has been completed, lawyers representing both teams will present their arguments to the judge after submitting the written one last week.
What this means in essence is that both teams will try to persuade the judge that their respective legal argument is correct.
On January 8, 2010, the UWP filed five petitions in the High Court challenging the legality of the December 2009 general elections outcomes in five constituencies including Veille Casse and La Plaine where Prime Minister and Education Minister prevailed.
All of the petitions, except that of the dual citizenship of the Prime Minister and Minister of Education, were thrown out by Chief Justice Errol Thomas.
According to the Constitution of Dominica anyone who pledges allegiance to a foreign power is not legible to run for public office.
If Justice Gertel Thom finds that there is enough evidence to prove the Prime Minster was in fact a holder of a French passport and was under allegiance to a foreign power at the time of his nomination and election, then the nomination could be declared null and void.
This means that either the UWP candidate for Vielle Case Joseph Maynard would then be declared as the duly elected Member of Parliament for that constituency or a bi-election called.
The same would be true in the La Plaine matter.
Both sides are equally confident that judgment will be rendered in their favour.