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PNP to make argument for Moneague recount today

Published:Thursday | December 8, 2016 | 12:09 AM

Lawyers for the People’s National Party will today to seeking to convince the St Ann Parish court their request for a magisterial recount in the Moneague division was filed within the legal timeframe.

Yesterday the recount of ballots cast in the division in the St Ann South Eastern constituency failed to get underway after the JLP's lawyer Zavier Mayne claimed that the request for a recount was not filed within the five days stipulated by law.

Judge Vaugh Facey, who was hearing the submission, agreed with the argument put forward by Mayne.

However, the lawyer for PNP candidate Charles Gangasingh objected to the court's ruling, claiming that the court should not have taken Saturday into consideration when determining the time to file for the magisterial recount.

He argued that only weekdays should be considered.

Gangasingh further stated that there was a previous case to support his argument that only weekdays should be used when considering the time frame to file for a magisterial recount.

The judge gave Gangasingh until today to produce this evidence to the court.

The request for the magisterial recount was filed by the PNP's candidate Lloyd Garrick who lost that election after receiving 809 votes, just thirteen  fewer than his JLP rival, Delroy Kelly.

The independent candidate Vernon Walker received 781 votes.