Almost seven months after the Guyana Court of Appeal in a 2-1 decision ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear the Election Petition case which was thrown out by Chief Justice Roxanne George for late service to former President David Granger, the Attorneys representing the Government and the Vice President have moved to the CCJ to appeal the ruling of the Court of Appeal.
The CCJ held a case management conference for the case today where it set timelines and deadlines for arguments and submissions.
During today’s case management conference, Justice Wit declared that because of the nature of the case, it is his view that it should be dealt with expeditiously.
The appellate in the case has been given until next Tuesday to file and serve their joint record of appeal. Written submissions are to be filed by June 14.
All parties will then make oral arguments on July 19, before the Court makes its ruling.
In January last year, Chief Justice Roxane George dismissed the case because the petition was served late to former President David Granger who was listed as one of the respondents.
The petition was filed by APNU+AFC coalition supporters Monica Thomas and Brennan Nurse. They were asking the court to nullify the outcome of the March 2, 2020 General and Regional Elections, and declare that President Dr. Irfaan Ali is illegally occupying the office.
An appeal was then filed by the Opposition against the Chief Justice’s ruling and that appeal saw the Attorney General moving a motion to have the case struck out.
But the Court of Appeal by a majority vote ruled that it could hear preliminary arguments in the case.