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Appeal court rules in Spencer’s favour

Published:Wednesday | October 27, 2010 | 4:11 PM

The Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of the Antigua and Barbuda government in an important election petition case.

In March, a High Court judge declared the election of Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and two of his ministers invalid, citing irregularities on election day, a year earlier.

The ruling threatened the future of the Spencer administration, which effectively controls 10 of the 17 seats in parliament.

The government appealed and the appeal court threw out the lower court ruling on Wednesday on seven grounds.

One of them was that there was no substantial evidence that the late opening of some polling stations materially altered the election results.

Meanwhile, Spencer has welcomed the ruling and has called for national healing.