The opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has withdrawn two of five election petitions it had brought before the court challenging the 2009 General Elections.
The UWP had claimed that bribery and “blockage of access to the state owned media” were evident during the 2009 election.
But the opposition will no longer be taking the matters to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of Appeal which were scheduled to be heard Monday.
“We have been advised by our lawyers that we should not proceed in the appeal court with the matter and we have accepted the advice of the lawyers,” UWP leader Ron Green revealed.
The bribery and media access petitions had been struck out when they were originally put to court and the UWP subsequently took the matters to the court of appeal.
Green said meanwhile the UWP is awaiting the judge’s decision regarding a request for disclosure of the passports of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Minister for Education Petter Saint Jean in the dual citizenship trial.
“But whether or not there is disclosure, the matter will be heard in court at some point in time,” Green pointed out.
Senior counsel Tony Astaphan, who is representing the government ministers in the dual nationality court issue, said his team is confident about its position on the case, and that the judge’s decision does not mean Skerrit will have to step down.
“Even if the court were to rule in favour of the United Workers Party in this application it is not the end of the case. If by some God’s will we were to lose at the trial, we will appeal,” he stated.
He added, “I just want to let people understand that whatever happens on this application and whatever happens at the end of the trial, it does not mean we’re going to have a different Prime Minister in this country at