No Financial Bills on Parliamentary agenda – AG reiterates

─ “This is blatant attempt to influence the court and malign the govt” 

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Attorney General (AG) and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, SC., responding today to claims made by the opposition, said the political opposition continues in its attempt to influence the court and malign the administration with its untruths about the work of the government.

The opposition is claiming that government has, on its April 26th sitting of the National Assembly’s agenda, plans for the introduction of Financial Bills to aid the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) in General and Regional Elections.

According to the Attorney General, the government had a pretrial review of the matter involving the December 21 vote today, and found that a representation was made to the court by the opposition stating that the government has Financial Bills on the Parliamentary Agenda relating to money to finance GECOM.

“This is blatant attempt to influence the Court and malign the government. I don’t know why these attempts are being made to influence the court. The court is a competent court. The government never gets involved with that,” the AG told journalists today. 

The opposition has also been calling for the work of the National Assembly to cease until the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

“How could they request that? We are a law-abiding country. What is the decision of the Court of Appeal that we should do that? The effect of the Court of Appeal decision is as if there never was a successful motion,” the AG emphasised.

Having been overturned by the Court of Appeal on March 22, the December 21 vote is currently before the CCJ where presentations are expected to be made on May 9 and 10.

Alexis Rodney.

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