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Injunction Remains Boundaries Case Postponed by LK Hewlett

The court has granted the Opposition MPs’ application to adjourn the boundary changes case and in the meanwhile the injunction barring the government from acting on the legislation remains. Attorneys for the claimants- Hon. Shawn Richards, Hon. Eugene Hamilton, Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris and Hon. Mark Brantley- along with legal counsel for the respondents went before the court this morning to argue two matters. The Opposition MPs this week filed to have today’s hearing postponed and also argued against the respondents’ application to have the matter struck out. The adjournment was granted and counsel for both sides have been given time to submit written arguments on an application to discharge the injunction. If the discharge is denied, the court will proceed to the review of the preparation of the boundaries changes. The matter has been scheduled for September 27th. The Observer on Wednesday reported : Opposition MPs file for adjournment of boundaries injunction matter LK Hewlett The Opposition parliamentarians who last Monday obtained an injunction to bar the government from changing the constituency boundaries have filed for the matter to be adjourned. The Observer has learned that lawyers for the four claimants recently filed papers with the court to delay the matter scheduled to be heard this Friday (Sept 19). The reason given was that lead counsel Douglas Mendes SC would not be available to attend the proceedings. This media house further understands that the attorneys for the respondents plan to object to the adjournment. “We plan to object strenuously,”attorney for the Prime Minister Sylvester Anthony said. The injunction was filed by CCM’s Hon. Mark Brantley, PLP’s Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris, and PAM’s Hon. Shawn Richards and Hon. Eugene Hamilton on September 9th. At the same time Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas was headed to parliament to table the Constituency Boundaries Commission Report Resolution and accompanying Draft Proclamation. The resolution outlined proposed changes to a number of the constituency boundaries on both St. Kitts and Nevis. The four MPs who took court action charged that their constituencies were being unfairly re-aligned so as to weaken their chances of success at the next general election. The MPs told the nation via a press conference two days after the National Assembly comprised of only government benchers passed the resolution, that they had pre-empted PM Douglas from changing the boundaries, dissolving the House and calling a general election. They informed that despite the passage of the resolution the boundaries had not been re-aligned since the Governor General is enjoined from signing the proclamation that would give the legislation effect. On September 13 the Office of the Attorney General responded with its own application to have the injunction struck out. Both the injunction and motion to strike out matters may be heard by the High Court Judge on Friday.

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