GUYANA- Jagdeo files no confidence appeal to CCJ

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Leader of the main oppoition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Bharatt Jagdeo has asked the Trinidad and Tobago based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)   to issue an order setting aside or reversing Friday’s ruling by the Court of Appeal, which invalidated the no-confidence vote.

The Opposition Leader through his Attorneys have filed their pleadings asking the regional court to throw out last Friday’s ruling of the Guyana Court of Appeal and restore the validity of the no confidence motion against the Guyana government.

The Court documents were filed on Tuesday.

In the application,   Jagdeo’s Attorneys have asked the CCJ to issue an order setting aside or reversing the  ruling by the Court of Appeal, which invalidated the no-confidence vote.

They also want the CCJ to rule that the December 21 No-confidence motion against the Government of Guyana was validly passed by a majority of all elected members of the National Assembly.

The Opposition Leader also wants the Court to declare that 33 votes constitute a majority within the meaning of the Constitution when it comes to the no-confidence motion.

Last Friday, the Guyana Court of Appeal ruled  that a simple majority and an absolute majority could not be seen as the same in the Constitution of Guyana and therefore there would have been the need for an absolute majority of 34 votes for the motion to be passed.

By a majority 2 to 1 margin, the Judges of the Appeal Court of Guyana, ruled that the no confidence motion was not passed, based on 34 votes not being obtained.

The Opposition is pressing the CCJ to have an early hearing of the case because of its “national importance”.

On Tuesday,   lawyers for chartered accountant and attorney, Christopher Ram,   filed an application with the CCJ seeking special leave to appeal the Court of Appeal ruling.

The attorneys, Kamal Ramkarran and Devindra Kissoon are asking the CCJ to hear the application urgently and give a ruling within seven days as is necessary in order to prevent the “violation of the Constitution” and “the threat to democracy and adherence to the rule of law” that follow from that violation.

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