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final decision of the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal

St. Johns, Antigua- The people of Antigua and Barbuda are now awaiting the final decision of the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal, in a matter that could topple the ruling United Progressive Party, (UPP), Administration of Prime Minister, Baldwin Spencer.

 

The Court recently concluded hearings on an appeal matter brought by the Spencer Government, seeking to overturn a decision by High Court Judge, Louise Blenman, rendering as invalid, the March 12th, 2009, election of three key government ministers.

 

These included, Prime Minister Spencer, Education Minister Jacqui Quinn-Leandro and the Minister of Tourism, John Maginley. 

 

The Antigua Labour Party of former Prime Minister, Lester Bird, had challenged the results of the election of the three parliamentarians, claiming that there were irregularities on polling day last year.

 

If the ruling of Judge Blenman is upheld, the Spencer government would lose its majority in parliament, resulting in either fresh general elections or by elections in the three affected constituencies. At present, the parliament is comprised of 9 seats for UPP, ALP 4 and the Barbuda People’s Alliance with one. The BPA is however supportive of the UPP.

 

During an address to the nation on Sunday night, (July 11th), the Prime Minister gave his countrymen the assurance that his government and party will abide by the decision of the Court, no matter the outcome.

 

He urged Antiguans/Barbudans to be calm and not engage in activities that may tarnish the good image and name of the twin-island nation. The ALP is reported to have said that it would engage in protest action if the case is decided in favour of the government.

 

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