-Chief Justice dismisses AFC elections petition
Chief Justice Ian Chang yesterday dismissed the elections petition filed by the Alliance For Change, challenging the allocation of a parliamentary seat to the ruling People’s Progressive Party/Civic.
Justice Chang dismissed the petition on the grounds of procedural non-compliance.
Handing down the written decision, the chief justice noted that the AFC had failed to file an affidavit of service immediately after bringing the petition to the court.
The law states that any election petition must be followed almost immediately by an Affidavit of Service.
However, it was noted that the AFC presented the Affidavit of Service some 10 months after filing the petition.
Justice made the point that the rules of the Guyana Elections Commission are very clear when it comes to the filing of petitions.
The AFC had challenged the allocation of the Region 10 seat, following the 2006 national and regional elections, claiming that mathematically it should have been awarded to them.