Attorneys calling for the verification process of votes in Region Four Guyana crossed a significant legal hurdle on Sunday as Chief Justice of Guyana Roxanne George-Wiltshire ruled that the High Court has the jurisdiction to hear the matter.
This decision means that Guyana still has to wait to find out who their new President will be.
The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has to await the outcome of the matter before it could move ahead with any final declaration of Monday’s election results.
George-Wiltshire has set Tuesday at 2 p.m. for the matter to be heard.
The court hearing to decide whether or not the High Court had the power to stop GECOM from declaring the results of Monday’s elections began at 1.30 pm yesterday at Courtroom One of the Guyana High Court yesterday.
Before George-Wiltshire began her ruling she admonished both parties to respect the court’s decision.
“Respect the court and the court’s decision even if you do not like it,” George-Wiltshire stated to the packed courtroom.
She said respect for the court is “paramount”.
After recapping the arguments made by both sides, George-Wilshire ruled that the court was the jurisdiction to hear the injunction.
Senior Counsel Neil Boston who represented the respondents in the matter argued on Saturday that an election petition and not an injunction was the way to address the problems being raised.
However, George-Wiltshire said, “a court cannot shirk its supervisory duty”.