According to CMC, the attorneys representing the Commonwealth citizens resident in Barbados had called on the Chief Electoral Officer Angela Taylor to have their clients registered ahead of the polls, in keeping with a recent ruling by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
In a special sitting last Sunday, the CCJ ruled that a St. Lucian-born academic should be registered as an elector to cast a ballot in the May 24 general elections and warned the Chief Elections Officer that failure to carry out the order by midday on Monday, May 14, may have landed her in jail for contempt of court or be fined.
The CCJ, which is the Barbados final court, said that Eddy Ventose, a professor of law at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), had satisfied “the necessary legal and regulatory conditions for registration as an elector”. Ventose and three other Commonwealth nationals were registered on Monday.
In their May 16, 2018 letter to Taylor, the attorneys asserted that they were in possession of the CCJ ruling that endorsed the ruling of the Barbados Chief Justice “that your longstanding policy was ultra vires and unlawful but also pronounced that you have an obligation, once an applicant satisfies the criteria for registration under section 7 and the formal requirements under the Act and Regulations, to register that applicant.”
Barbadians go to the polls next Thursday May 24 to elect a new government.
The main opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) headed by Mia Mottley, is going up against the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) headed by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.
Mottley is seeking to become the first woman head of government in Barbados.
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