Guyana’s Court of Appeal has delivered another blow in a series of legal defeats suffered by the incumbent government in its bid to remain in power.
The latest ruling unanimously dismissed an appeal asking for the results of a recount to decide the country’s March 2 General Elections to be set aside.
However, the court has granted a 24-hour stay on the ruling which would effectively grant the election victory to the Opposition PPP-C coalition.
Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry today threw out the appeal as frivolous and vexatious.
She ruled the matter Res Judicata which means the case has been adjudicated by a competent court and therefore may not be pursued further.
She also upheld a decision by Guyana’s Chief Justice, Roxanne George, that any challenge to the validity of results must be done by an election petition.
However, the Appeals court has granted a 24 hour stay before its decision can be acted upon.
Supporters of the incumbent government were calling for a report of Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield to be used as the basis of declaring the victor.
The report invalidated over a hundred thousand votes and favoured the incumbent APNU-AFC coalition as the victors.
However, it was declared null and of no effect by the Caribbean Court of Justice, the CCJ.
But, a further legal challenge brought the matter back to Guyana’s Supreme Court and then to the Court of Appeal.
The United Kingdom, The United States, Canada and CARICOM condemned the posture of the incumbent government in delaying the declaration of the winner of Guyana’s March 2 General and Regional Elections.
Guyana has been without an official government for five months.