Court reserves decision in election matter

The Court of Appeal has reserved its decision on a preliminary aspect of the appeal brought by an unsuccessful candidate in the 2022 General Election.

Former Barbados Sovereignty Party candidate Philip Catlyn, through counsel Lalu Hanuman, has challenged Justice Cicely Chase’s decision which paved the way for the election to be held in January 2022. Catlyn had filed a constitutional motion against the election being held at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The unsuccessful civil suit had challenged President The Most Honourable Dame Sandra Mason’s dissolution of Parliament on December 27, last year, and the issuing of election writs, saying the act was unauthorised, contrary to law and illegal; arbitrary, unreasonable, irrational, irregular and an improper exercise of discretion; that it was capricious, erroneous, an excess of jurisdiction, ultra vires and an abuse of power and that it was in conflict with Section 6 of the Representation Of The People Act. (HLE)

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