Lawyer asks Court of Appeal to step in and set election date timeframe

As the 90-day deadline for early elections triggered by a no-confidence motion is set to expire next week, the Guyana Court of Appeal was Wednesday asked to set a new period within which the polls must be held.

Attorney-at-Law, Kamal Ramkarran, who is representing political commentator Christopher Ram in a no-confidence motion-related case, urged the three-member panel of judges to rule that the elections must be held immediately.

“In order for that decision of the Court of Appeal to have meaning, the Court is empowered to say that elections have to be held forthwith or within a period not later than 31 days from the date of the decision,” he said.

President David Granger on Wednesday wrote the Guyana Elections Commission Chairman (GECOM), Retired Justice James Patterson asking the Commission to “present your plans, programmes and financial needs which will guide my proclamation of a suitable date for elections”. He has already advised the Commission to begin preparations for the conduct of elections this year.

Sitting were Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonette Cummings-Edwards, and Justices of Appeal Dawn Gregory and Rishi Persaud.

On the point that the National Assembly is also empowered to extend the deadline by which the elections should be held, the Attorney-at-Law said there was no evidence or indication that the House would do so and President Granger said he was awaiting word from GECOM.