High Court will today hear an application from 7 individuals seeking a postponement of Dec 6th General Election
The High Court in Dominica will Monday hear an application from 7 individuals who are seeking a postponement of the Dec 6th General Election.
The group represented by a legal team led by former Antigua & Barbuda Attorney General Queens Counsel Justin Simon wants the polls pushed back to February next year.
Dominica's President Charles Savarin, the Chief Elections Officer, the cabinet of Dominica, the Attorney General and the state owned DBS Radio had been named as respondents.
Cara Shillingford, one of the attorneys representing the seven, says the applicants are asking that a hold be put on the election until several issues are addressed.
Attorney, Cara Shillingford
The applicants have also filed a request for an interim order against DBS Radio restraining it from discriminating against any political party or candidate in the upcoming election.
The applicants have in the past joined the main opposition UWP in calling for electoral reform, but the DLP administration has accused the opposition of preventing the necessary legislation from being debated in parliament.
Meantime, up to late Friday, High Court Judge Justice Bernie Stephenson was hearing arguments as to whether she should recluse herself from hearing the matter.
Shillingford had written to the Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Dame Janice Perreira asking that the application be assigned to another judge.
She said the reason for the request was that Stephenson had delivered a judgement in 2008, in a matter involving PM Roosevelt Skerrit which is being appealed and which is closely related to the current case.
Earlier Friday, attorney for the respondents Lennox Lawrence said he was not surprised at the request.
Attorney Lennox Lawrence.
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