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Jan 20, 2012

But P.U.P. says time has been lost

Henry Charles Usher

Well, the matter will not proceed to court. This afternoon, C.E.O. Tamai wrote to the P.U.P. chairman informing that the review of the binders can begin on Monday. But according to Henry Charles Usher time has been lost.

Henry Charles Usher, Chairman, P.U.P.

“It was an application for an order of mandamus against the chief elections officer and also an order for a declaration. A quick background: on the twelfth of January, I as the Chairman of the party wrote a letter to the chief elections officer asking for permission for Miss Sylvia Cowo to view the binders in the electoral office for Corozal South East. We received a letter on January seventeenth denying that request. Now in the history of writing these letters—I’ve written dozens of these letters and that request has never been denied before—that request has never been denied. So we found it very strange. And what was even more strange was the reason given for denying such request was that the registering officer is too busy to oversee the perusal of the binders because she is registering too many people. So we decided to take the matter to the court because one; we feel that it was an unreasonable decision made by the Chief Elections Officer and two; it was actually ultra vires the representation of the people’s act which says that the Chief elections officer may grant the permission for the agents of the party to peruse the binders under the supervision of the registering officer. However, that discretion must be reasonable—the permission must be given reasonably. And if there is reasonable ground not to give the permission—that’s the only way that we wouldn’t be able to view the binders. Now the reason why it is important to view the binders is because especially at this time when there are so many mass registrations going on and the time and the period for registering these people have been extended from the tenth of January to the twentieth of January, we need the perusal of the binders to make sure if we have any objections that we have all the proper information to make the objections. I can say today that we received a letter from the chief elections officer saying that she has reversed her decision and will give us permission the permission to view the binders starting on the twenty-third which is next Monday. However, we’ve already lost an entire week and of course on the twenty-third, all the mass registration will not be going on because today’s the deadline. So even though the chief elections officer has said that we will be given permission to view the binders, I still think it is important that the matter be heard because it is a decision that could possibly affect us in the future. What if we write a letter again asking for the permission and the chief elections officer does not give it?”

Jose Sanchez

“I know there are at least two representatives of the P.U.P. on the commission itself—Mister Landy Espat and Mister Derek Courtenay. Have they not had any input or anything with the decision-making or have they not spoke to the chief elections officer regarding this?”

Henry Charles Usher

“Yes Landy and Mister Courtenay are in constant communication with the chief elections officer; however, they can only do so much. They are only an advisory role on the elections and boundaries commission. The decision is ultimately hers and we believe that she made that decision unreasonably.”

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1 Response for “But P.U.P. says time has been lost”

  1. Demetrios Fauskein says:

    Well…what to do? But there is a sniff in the air that the tide is shifting !!!
    Oh yes, silently wise voters are just keeping it quiet, waiting for that day when something can and will be done !!!

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