Order against destruction of 2001 elections materials extended
Guyana Chronicle
October 22, 2002

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JUSTICE of Appeal Ian Chang yesterday prolonged the injunction he previously granted, restraining Chief Elections Officer Gocool Boodhoo from destroying documents relating to the March 2001 polls.

The judge, also in chambers, gave Senior Counsel Ashton Chase, representing Boodhoo, 14 days leave to file an affidavit in answer the summons launched by Veronica Delph through other attorney-at-law Mr. Basil Williams.

Justice Chang scheduled further hearing in the case to November 11.

The earlier October 12 ex parte application by Williams, for Delph, followed the disclosure by Boodhoo that he planned to destroy the documentation.

Williams, contending that an election petition is still pending with respect to the March 19, 2001 balloting, moved to halt the destruction.

The lawyer claimed he had appealed a High Court decision which dismissed Delph's election petition for want of particulars and that action resurrected the ruling until the matter was determined by the Full Court.

On that basis, Justice Chang issued the original restraining order that was the subject of prolongation yesterday.

In a supporting testament, Delph had said she would suffer irreparable harm if Boodhoo, as he had informed People’s National Congress/Reform (PNC/R) and others, went ahead with his plan before her appeal is heard.