COURT RULES: Monday is Election Day in Nevis

first_img 19 Views   no discussions NewsRegional COURT RULES: Monday is Election Day in Nevis by: – July 9, 2011 Share Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Photo credit: Nevisblog.comCHARLESTOWN, Nevis, CMC – High Court Judge Mario Michel Friday ruled that the election in Nevis on Monday can go ahead after the main opposition Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) had sought unsuccessfully to stop the poll.The CCM had filed an application for an injunction to stop the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) poll on Monday.CCM leader Vance Amory had also sought to get the names of persons whom he claimed had been removed off the list reinstated.““What we’re seeking to do is to protect the interest of 300 voters who have been summarily removed from the voter’s list and we have asked the court for an order that these votes be restored to the list for the purpose of the July 11 election,” said Opposition leader Mark Brantley ahead of the court ruling.Justice Mario had agreed with the attorneys the Supervisor of Elections, Leroy Benjamin, the Nevis Registration Officer, and the Attorney General Patrice Nisbett, who is also a candidate for the incumbent Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) that the court had no power to cancel the election since the NIA had already been dissolved.Amory’s application had also sought to have the Court order the restoration of his name to the Voters’ List. But attorneys for the respondents claimed that Amory’s request was erroneous since his name had never been removed from the list.They circulated the Voters List showing Amory’s name and urged the Court to award costs against the CCM leader.Meanwhile, Justice Michel upheld an application by five voters that their names be reinstated on the Voters List.At least 7,000 persons are eligible to cast ballots in the election in this Leeward island of 12,000 people.In the last NIA election, the NRP won three of the five seats ending the CCM’s three-term rule under Amory in 2006. Tweetlast_img

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