August 20, 2010
SVG Constituency Boundaries Report ruling to come Tuesday

Come Tuesday, August 24, Vincentians will learn of the fate the Constituency Boundaries Report, as Justice Gertel Thom will deliver her decision at the High Court, in Chambers, at 9am.{{more}}

The matter pertains to an injunction filed by the New Democratic Party (NDP) in a bid to prevent publication of the Constituency Boundaries Report signed on July 9, 2010.

Attorney Kay Bacchus-Browne, who represents the NDP, on Wednesday told SEARCHLIGHT that they intend to appeal “right away” if the injunction is discharged. “We plan to apply for leave to appeal and a stay of execution if the injunction is discharged. We intend to do that immediately,” Bacchus-Browne disclosed.

The legal battle between the New Democratic Party (NDP) and the Unity Labour Party (ULP) government commenced on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, in Chambers before Justice Thom.

Lawyers Nicole Sylvester and Kay-Bacchus Browne, who represent the NDP, presented their case on Tuesday, July 27, which was followed by the respondents’ address on Wednesday, July 28, 2010.

Representing the Boundaries Commission are Dominican Lawyer Anthony Astaphan S.C., former St Lucian Prime Minister and Lawyer Kenny Anthony, Grahame Bollers and Richard Williams.

Parliament in March passed legislation increasing the number of constituencies from 15 to 17 and the Boundaries Commission, in keeping with the constitution, decides where the boundaries for the constituencies should be.

United Kingdom (UK) based Senior Counsel, Shariz Aziz has joined the legal team for the applicants. (KW)