Jack: Court battle on run-off has begun

By Joel Julien

THE legal battle against the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014 has begun, chairman of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner said yesterday.

Warner made the statement in a telephone interview with the Express following service of a Fixed Date Claim Form to the office of the Attorney General at Cabildo Chambers in Port of Spain yesterday.

Hours after the controversial Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014 was passed in the Senate last Thursday night, the ILP filed a lawsuit against the Attorney General to get the Run-Off provision revoked.

Last Friday ILP deputy political leader attorney Rekha Ramjit filed the constitutional motion and two affidavits challenging that the Bill was an infringement of citizens’ fundamental rights listed in Sections 4 and 5 of the Constitution.

The claimant in the matter is Stephen Mitchell, a constituent of Chaguanas West.

Warner said he hoped the matter will be dealt with in a timely manner especially in light of the fact that a general election is due next year.

“Given the nature of the complaint it should not be a protracted matter but we in the ILP have no control over that,” Warner said.

“I hope so (it is dealt with before the next general election) because the political fortunes of this country and all the political parties is being hinged on this particular amendment and therefore I am sure the court in its wisdom will see the reason for deliberating on this early and if we have to take other levels of redress whether Appeal (Court) or Privy Council, then we have enough time to do that,” he said.
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