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Barbados Opposition files motion to stop general election

Published:Tuesday | January 18, 2022 | 7:19 AM
Phillip Catlyn claims that the exclusion of the COVID-19 positive citizens from the election, breaches Section 6 of the Representation of the People Act, which enshrines the right of eligible residents and citizens to vote.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados
High Court judge Justice Cicely Chase is expected to hear later today, an injunction filed for by a member of the minority opposition Barbados Sovereignty Party seeking to stop Wednesday's general election.

The application, filed by Phillip Catlyn, contends that more than 5,000 COVID patients are being denied their constitutional right to vote.

President Dame Sandra Mason and the attorney general, Dale Marshall, are the respondents.

Catlyn claims that the exclusion of the COVID-19 positive citizens from the election, breaches Section 6 of the Representation of the People Act, which enshrines the right of eligible residents and citizens to vote.

He is also arguing that Dame Sandra, who was sworn in as President of Barbados last November, was unreasonably exercising her discretionary powers by accepting Prime Minister Mia Mottley's election call on December 27.

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