Citizen given leave to file poll petition

Stabroek News
May 12, 2001

Chief Justice Carl Singh in chambers yesterday granted Veronica Delph, a private citizen, leave to file a petition challenging the constitutionality of both the 2001 national and regional elections.

Delph is represented by attorneys-at-law Roysdale Forde and Shawn Allicock.

Through her lawyers, she has cited several grounds on which the petition will be filed, one of which is that the final electoral list was not fully sanitized and that the statement by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) that the list was 95% accurate rendered it unlawful to be used in the election because it meant approximately 20,000 electors would have been disenfranchised.

The respondents named are Chairman of the Elections Commission, Major General (rtd) Joseph Singh; President Bharrat Jagdeo for the PPP/Civic; Leader of the PNC REFORM, Desmond Hoyte; Leader of the Rise, Organise And Rebuild Guyana movement, Ravi Dev; Leader of GAP/WPA, Paul Hardy; and Leader of The United Force, Manzoor Nadir.