Denial by Chancellor of the Judiciary
January 3, 1998
The Chancellor of the Judiciary, Cecil Kennard yesterday denied that he had advised Heads of the Disciplined Services that the declaration of the new President by the Chairman of the Elections Commission, Doodnauth Singh, was legitimate.
In a statement yesterday, Kennard was referring to a news item headlined `Await court ruling on legitimacy of presidency - GPSU advises members' in the Stabroek News of January 1, 1998 based on a press release issued by the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU).
The press release had said in part that the GPSU had been told that Kennard had advised Heads of the Disciplined Services that the declaration of the new president by Singh was legitimate and that they should obey the president.
"I wish to state that I have given no such advice. It would have been quite out of place for me to give such advice in view of the proceedings now pending before the Honourable Chief Justice (Desiree Bernard)". Singh's declaration of Mrs Janet Jagan as the new President has been challenged in the High Court and the matter is being heard before Bernard.