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PNP lawyers file injunction to block by-election

Published:Friday | November 26, 2010 | 2:16 PM

Lawyers representing a former candidate of the main opposition People's National Party (PNP), Manley Bowen, have filed an injunction seeking to block a by-election to be held in the North East St. Ann constituency on December 20.

Nomination Day is Friday December 3.

Golding made the announcement in a press conference this morning two days after the court lifted a stay on the calling of a by-election in the seat previously held by the JLP’s Shahine Robinson.

The North East St. Ann seat was declared vacant by the Supreme Court last month after Shahine Robinson, who successfully contested the last general election on behalf of the JLP, admitted that she held United States citizenship.

At that time,People’s National Party (PNP) elector Manley Bowen who had brought the petition against her was of the view that the PNP candidate Oswest Senior Smith should have automatically got the seat.

Bowen later filed an application in the Court of Appeal arguing that he did not get the chance in the Supreme Court to ask for a declaration that the seat be given to Senior Smith.

Attorney Raymond Clough had vowed to take legal action if there is any attempt to call the by-election while a petition concerning the seat is still before the courts.

That appeal is to be heard on March 21 next year.