Court Of Appeal Moves Up Boundaries Injunction Hearing LK Hewlett Story Updated: February 2nd 2015 at 4:03 pm
The Court of Appeal, at the behest of the government, has agreed to move up the boundaries injunction appeal hearing originally set for February 9. Last Thursday (Jan 29), the Court of Appeal convened a teleconference to hear the Opposition’s appeal of a January 27 injunction discharge order by trial Judge Justice Marlene Carter. The Court of Appeal ruled, “The justice of the case merits the grant of an interim injunction pending the hearing and determination of the appeal.” On Friday (Jan 30) Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas convened an emergency session of Cabinet, saying he had written to the CoA requesting an expedited hearing since the ruling Labour party was concerned that the date of the proposed hearing was February 9, when Nomination Day is set for February 6. The February 16 election date and February 6th Nomination Day were announced last Tuesday. The CoA informed it would hear presentations on expediting the hearing date this morning. It then ruled that the Appeal will now be heard at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 4th in St. Lucia. The court decision will effectively determine if the St. Kitts-Nevis general elections will be held on old constituency boundaries or the new boundaries the Labour government tried to effect on January 16, nine days ahead of the constitutionally due polling.