Judge denies application to stop general election in Dominica

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Judge denies application to stop general election in Dominica
The High Court of Justice in Dominica
The High Court of Justice in Dominica

(SNO) – High Court Judge in Dominica, Bernie Stephenson, has denied an application to grant injunction to stop the holding of general election in Dominica.

Stephenson handed down her ruling on Tuesday.

In her ruling she stated that once the president of Dominica issues a writ to hold election, the court is unable to intervene.

General election is expected to be held in Dominica on December 6.

Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM), a group seeking electoral reform in Dominica, filed the application in the High Court of Justice in Roseau to have general election deferred until reforms are implemented.

The application was filed by president of the CCM, Loftus Durand and other activist calling for electoral reform.

They are seeking an injunction restrain the defendants from holding general elections on the 6th of December 2019 or on any date prior to 5th February 2020.

Court documents show the application was filed “to the High Court of Justice for inter alia an order restraining the Electoral Commission and the Chief Elections Officer from conducting general elections on the 6th of December due to (i) the absence of a verified and accurate voter’s list (ii) refusal of the Electoral Commission and Chief Elections Officer to hear objections which were filed within the time limits for so filing before printing the Final Revised List of electors; and (iii) the publication of an erroneous and non existent nomination date in the Gazzete in breach of the madatory provisions of Section 13 of the House of Assembly Elections Act.”

The group is expected to appeal the matter.

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