CCJ Rules in Favour of St Lucian in B’dos Voters’ List Row

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) yesterday ruled that a St Lucian-born academic should be registered as an elector to cast his ballot in the May 24 general elections in Barbados.

The CCJ has also warned the Chief Elections Officer that failure to carry out the order by midday today could land her in jail for contempt of court or be fined.

The Court, in an unprecedented hearing, said Eddy Ventose; a professor of law at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies had satisfied the necessary legal and regulatory conditions for registration as an elector. Barbadians go to the polls on May 24 to elect a new government.

The ruling Democratic Labour Party headed by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will square off against the opposition Barbados Labour Party headed by Mia Mottley.

The matter before the CCJ, has implications not only for the appellant but also for Commonwealth citizens, living in Barbados, who want to be registered to vote in the general elections.

Professor Ventose, who has lived in Barbados for several years, sought to be included on the Barbados electoral register. He had alleged that under the prevailing laws he is qualified and entitled to be registered.

Ventose had asked the CCJ to declare that his name should be on the final voters’ list ahead of its publication this week.

The CCJ said that the request for an appeal came late Friday and it responded by scheduling the hearing for Sunday.

The costs for this court and the court below were awarded to the appellant.

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