Two Labour candidates file petitions in Court challenging eligibility of PAM opponents

Dr. Norgen Wilson

ST. KITTS, FEBRUARY 7TH 2010 (CUOPM) – The two unsuccessful Labour Party candidates on Friday lodged petitions in the High Court challenging the return of their People’s Action Movement (PAM) opponents in the January 25th general elections.

Medical practitioner Dr. Norgen Wilson is challenging the election of the Hon. Shawn K. Richards in St. Christopher 5 and former Parliamentary Representative, Mr. Cedric Liburd is challenging the election of the Hon. Eugene Hamilton in St. Christopher 8.

Dr. Wilson and Mr. Liburd are petitioning the Court on the grounds that the nominations of the Hon. Shawn K. Richards and the Hon. Eugene Hamilton are invalid, null and void and of no legal effect as both were on Nomination Day, January 15th not qualified and were disqualified to be elected.

Mr. Cedric Liburd

The Labour Party candidates are both asking the High Court to determine that the election of Mr. Richards and Mr. Hamilton as Members of Parliament for St. Christopher 5 and 8 respectively be declared null and void and both Wilson and Liburd are duly qualified and validly nominated candidate on Nomination Day and are entitled to be returned to the National Assembly as the duly elected Members of Parliament for St. Christopher 5 and St. Christopher 8 respectively.

Wilson and Liburd are also asking the High Court to issue certificates directing His Excellency the Governor General pursuant to Section 86 of the National Assembly Elections Act that the First Respondents in the separate matters were on Nomination Day not qualified and were disqualified from being nominated and were not duly elected or returned and that the Petitioners are duly elected and returned candidates and elected Members of the National Assembly for St. Christopher 5 and 8 respectively.

Both state in their petitions they intend to file further affidavits and exhibits in support of their respective petition shortly and/or in accordance with such directions/orders as the Court may direct. CUOPM understands that the law suits were filed in the High Court and copies served on Messrs Richards and Hamilton.

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