Chartered Accountant and Attorney Christopher Ram has taken the first jump to the Caribbean Court of Justice, asking the CCJ to uphold the no confidence vote against the Government of Guyana.
Ram’s Attorneys have filed their application asking the Caribbean Court to overturn Friday’s ruling by the Appeal Court of Guyana which has invalidated the no confidence vote.
The move comes even before the Guyana Court of Appeal has provided the full and written judgement in the case.
He is asking the Caribbean Court of Justice to reverse the majority decision of the Guyana Court of Appeal and to validate the no-confidence motion. In his opinion, the Judges of the Court of Appeal in Guyana erred in their ruling that 34 votes were needed to pass the motion, as against the 33 that were obtained in the 65 member National Assembly.
He also wants the CCJ to hear his appeal and render a decision within 7 days. The Attorney also wants the Caribbean Court to instruct the Guyana Government to host elections before the 29th April.
The April deadline had previously been touted by opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo because it is at the end of April when the current voters list will expire.
The Elections Commission will have no other choice but to generate a new voters list and the generation of that new list will include house to house registration. GECOM has already been moving ahead with house-to-house registration.
Ram and the PPP have been pushing for elections before the expiration of that list.
The Court of Appeal ruling last Friday, which has invalidated the no confidence motion, has effectively put a hold of any rush into early elections and allows the government to continue with its business as usual, without any hindrances.
Other attorneys from the various sides are expected to file their appeals with the CCJ soon.