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Holness says he will not change Senators following court ruling

Published:Friday | February 6, 2015 | 6:51 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness, is insisting that today’s ruling by the Constitutional Court does not affect the present composition of the Senate.

This morning, the court ruled that Holness acted in breach of the Constitution when he used pre-signed, undated resignation letters to remove Arthur Williams and Dr. Christopher Tufton from the Senate.

The court found that the removal of both men was therefore null and void.

The ruling means that Williams and Tufton are entitled to their seats in the Senate.

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However, in a statement this afternoon, Holness insisted that the membership of the opposition senators in the Upper House will not be disturbed.

Holness said given the complex legal and constitutional issues involved, the party is still analysing the decision of the court.

Meanwhile, the JLP leader notes that the court did not award legal cost to him arising from the fact that it was Williams who prepared the pre-signed resignation letters.

Williams had told the court that the resignation letters were to be used if a senator departed from the JLP’s position on the replacing the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice.

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