The Guyana High Court has delivered another blow to the Guyana government and victory to the opposition, that blocks the ruling party of President David Granger from declaring victory in the recent general elections.
The country’s Chief Justice Roxanne George-Wiltshire today ruled that the High Court has jurisdiction to hear the matter over whether the Returning Officer for Region 4 should be forced to return to the verification process before declaring results for the region’s elections.
The decision essentially means that the Guyana Elections Commission has to await the outcome of the matter before it can make any final election declaration.
The opposition had been granted an injunction blocking the Guyana Election Commission, GECOM, from declaring the election result unless the votes from the critical region four were properly processed.
The Chief Justice has now set Tuesday, March 10 as the date when she will hear arguments and receive submissions in the matter and a decision could come before the end of the week.
Outside the court attorneys for both sides commented on the ruling, the government side expressing disappointment and the opposition feeling vindicated.