AN opposition bid to stop the government from implementing the report of the Boundaries Commission which is recommending increasing the number of electoral constituencies by four, began yesterday in the High Court, with a decision that the matter should be heard.
The case opened before Justice Francis Belle but was soon adjourned to a date yet to be decided upon.
To the concerned parties yesterday was just an introductory phase where nothing substantive was discussed although some aspects of the matter were highlighted.
Spearheading the fight for the opposition is the Castries South East parliamentary representative, Guy Joseph who is taking to task the five members of the Boundaries Commission, Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony and Attorney General, Kim St. Rose, acting in her capacity as the legal representative of the Governor General.
Joseph filed an action in the court seeking to prevent the Governor General from acting on the report. Although he claimed in his application that he was acting in his personal capacity as a resident of Castries South East, he has the United Workers Party fully behind him.
The party, at an executive meeting held earlier this week voted unanimously to support Joseph in his bid to seek a review of the process adopted by the Boundaries Commission.
UWP leader Allen Chastanet had given Joseph his support long before the other members of the executive did. Chastanet had voiced concerns about the unfairness of the process which led the Commission to arrive at its decision to realign certain boundaries to increase the number of constituencies from 17 to 21.
Joseph was pleased that the application he filed before the court will go through to be heard.
“Whilst I am in this matter representing my constituents, I believe that this will augur well for the entire country and that we will finally get the opportunity to implement the correct procedure so that true democracy and fairness can prevail,” he said in a press statement yesterday.
It is not yet known when the case will resume. A date has to be agreed upon by the attorneys representing the parties in the case. Appearing on behalf of Joseph was Garth Patterson, Q.C from Barbados and for the defendants Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan from Dominica.