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Appeals court overturns injunction barring installation of JTA president-elect

Published:Thursday | October 16, 2014 | 1:38 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Court of Appeal has overturned an injunction imposed by a lower court, clearing the way for Norman Allen to be installed as president-elect of the Jamaica Teachers' Association.

The court handed down its decision this afternoon.

In August, Georgia Waugh Richards was successful getting the injunction to bar Allen’s installation at the teachers’ union conference in St James.

However, in handing down its decision, the court said Waugh Richards did not comply with an order to prepare her record of appeal.

The appeals court said it doubted that she had a serious issue to be tried.

The court also said Supreme Court judge, Lennox Campbell, who granted the injunction, made an error in finding that there were missing ballots as part of the reason to grant the order.

Waugh-Richards sought the court action after her initial victory in the June presidential poll was overturned following a recount of ballots in July.

She had been declared the winner polling 6,079 votes to Allen’s 5,996 votes.

However, Allen disagreed with the outcome and took the matter to court demanding a recount.

Following the recount, Allen was declared the winner after receiving 5,977.

The full hearing of the Waugh-Richard's lawsuit challenging the results is scheduled to be heard in the Supreme Court on May 4 and 5 next year.

Caroline Hay and Trudy-Ann Dickson-Frith instructed by Grant, Stewart and Phillips and Company represented the JTA.


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