The Alliance For Change which is one of the parties in the coalition government does not believe the Caribbean Court of Justice will enter the realm of Guyana’s politics when it hands down its consequential orders for the no-confidence case on Friday.
The Opposition wants the CCJ to order that the Government holds elections by the 18th of September. However, at a press conference this morning, AFC Leader and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan said the CCJ cannot set any election date for Guyana.
According to Mr. Ramjattan, “if I were to make an educated guess, Judges cannot pronounce on the elections date, Judges cannot pronounce on a number of matters that the Constitution provides Constitutional Agencies to make determinations on, like GECOM”.
Mr. Ramjattan indicated that issues surrounding the readiness and preparations for elections are outside the realm of the CCJ or any Judge.
He said he believes there will be a consequential order that will not see any overreaching.
“There can be exhortations from the consequential orders but that is far as they can go”, he said.
The Public Security Minister said the Government will continue to follow the orders of the Court.
AFC Chairman and Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, reminded of what took place in the Esther Perreira elections petition matter. In that case, the Judge ruled that the 1997 elections were null and void, but there were consequential orders that were not overreaching.
He reminded that the Constitution bestows certain powers on the President and the Court will have to examine all of that. The Government has said that it has accepted that the no-confidence motion was validly passed as determined by the CCJ.