By Toni Frederick
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A ruling on the application to overturn the injunction blocking boundaries changes in St Kitts and Nevis is not expected for several more weeks, according to Justice Darshan Ramdhani, who summoned the parties involved before the court on Monday.
On September 27, Ramdhani reserved judgment in the case, saying he would need a couple of weeks to examine the arguments and make his ruling. According to Sylvester Anthony, the lawyer for the prime minister, the judge was concerned that there was a public misconception that he was due to hand down his ruling at the end of this week.
“People interpreted a couple to mean two, and so it appeared that there were public statements being made that a decision was going to be delivered by Friday the 11th, so the judge now had to clarify that to indicate that was not what he intended.”
People’s Labour Party leader Dr Timothy Harris, one of the respondents in the case to strike out the injunction, told WINN FM that Ramdhani had made it very clear that it would be some time before he ruled.
“He said that when he is ready he will advise… in other words then he is saying there’s no further need for any speculation, when I am ready, I will let you all know… and I’m not ready now, and I won’t be ready for several more weeks to come.”
Harris and three other opposition MPs were granted an injunction preventing the governor general signing off on boundaries changes passed by the government in Parliament in September.
Legal counsel for the respondents: the governor general, the prime minister, the attorney general and the Constituency Boundaries Commission, then applied to the court to have the injunction overturned.
Republished with permission of West Indies News Network