Prime Minister Douglas joyous with Appeal Court’s Decision

PMDouglasNationalAddress14Oct2009A(ZIZ News) — Friday afternoon was a momentous one for, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, the Boundaries Commission and the people of St. Kitts and Nevis when the Caribbean Court of Appeal upheld Justice Marlene Carter’s ruling that the boundaries injunction brought by the Opposition be discharged.

Following the Court’s decision, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon Dr. Denzil Douglas, who was at his St. Paul’s Constituency Office, gave an initial joyous reaction to the ruling.

“I am very, very joyful, I should say. I’m very pleased that the Appeal Court has upheld the lifting of the injunction that was imposed as part of the attempt to hear an appeal against Her Ladyship’s decision a few days ago. I want to also say that it is obvious that there has been quite a bit of care and caution which the National Assembly had spearheaded in the work of the Electoral [Constituency] Boundaries Commission from its very initial status to its passing into law and this of course has been validated,” he said.

The Prime Minister added that he was convinced that if the Opposition pursued the matter to the level of the Privy Council, the final Court of Appeal, that they too would uphold the position of the lower courts.

He said, “I know that the Opposition is not going to accept defeat easily and so they are going to go to a higher court which they have a right to do. I believe that the ruling of the higher court, the Privy Council will say that it is only right and just that we pursue these elections on fair boundaries.”

“I want to make it clear that tomorrow (Feb 6) we will have nominations for the elections on fair boundaries and so I want to again commend our legal team, I want to commend all of them for their tremendous work that they have done. I want to commend the Attorney General who as I said before was at the right place at the right time and was able to spearhead massive victories in our courts,” he added.

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