Chief Justice, Roxanne George-Wiltshire has indicated that she will hand down her rulings in the challenge to the house to house registration and the other matters on the 14th August.
Attorney and Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram wants the High Court to stop the house-to-house registration exercise and also instruct that elections be held by September 18.
During today’s arguments, Attorney General, Senior Counsel Basil Williams told the Court that the Guyana Elections Commission has not breached any law by moving ahead with the house-house registration exercise and therefore it should continue.
Mr. Williams said it is the job of the Elections Commission to deliver free, fair and credible elections and the Commission must be allowed to do its job independently.
He argued that 90 days have already passed since the passage of the no-confidence motion and therefore it is now for the parties to return to the National Assembly and extend the date for elections. He said in the absence of such a move then, the President will have to dissolve parliament and set a date, based on the readiness of the Elections Commission.
Christopher Ram’s Attorney, Anil Nandlall, told the Court that the Constitution is clear on what should take place on the passage of a no-confidence motion. He said the government has refused to honour the Constitution. Nandlall said the Elections Commission must abide by the Constitution and the passage of the no-confidence motion.
He said GECOM should have been preparing for early elections from the time the motion was laid and passed.
Nandlall accused the Elections Commission of ignoring the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice in the matter.
He believes the Elections Commission could use other ways to clean the voters’ list instead of the house to house registration exercise.
Nandlall said the Court is being asked to set a timeframe in keeping with the Constitution and not necessarily to set a specific date.