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May 15, 2012

Judgment reserved until May 24th for Penner Petition

Anthony Sylvestre

But Sylvestre maintains that due process has been followed and that with respect to the Representation of People’s Act they have complied with the law in respect of election petition rules.


Anthony Sylvestre, Attorney for Orlando Habet

“When this matter first came on the tenth of April, there were time constraints and the fact of the matter is that on the tenth, the trial judge had struck out portions of our petition on the basis that it was not brought in time. Subsequent to that we have applied to appeal that decision and that portion of the petition was in fact the strongest part of our case.”


Duane Moody

“Sir, he is having that your case should be struck out based on non-compliance and abuse of process. Explain to us about that.”


Anthony Sylvestre

“There has in fact been no non-compliance. There has been no non-compliance of none of the election petition rules which is set out in the representation of people’s act and that was the point we made. There has been none such non compliance. It cannot be said that we are running a foul of any rule of practice as such.”


Aaron Humes

“On the tenth of April what was exhibited in court was not a petition correct?”


Anthony Sylvestre

“No it could not be a petition because the rules provide for the specific way in which a draft petition or something can become a petition and that wasn’t the course that was taken. It was a draft petition which was exhibited, which was annex to the affidavit of Mister Orlando Habet.”


Aaron Humes

“As an exhibit and then it became a petition albeit altered from what the court ordered after the conclusion of the hearing…”


Anthony Sylvestre

“Yes when leave was granted that’s when it became a petition. Actually it still didn’t become a petition until it was presented—meaning it was filed in the court registry. That’s when it actually really becomes a petition. In terms of that allegation, respectfully, there is no basis for saying that as played out in court. These are matters of law that will eventually find itself in the court of appeal as Mister Musa explained yesterday.”


After over two hours of arguments, Justice Minnet Hafiz decided to reserve judgment until May twenty-fourth.

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1 Response for “Judgment reserved until May 24th for Penner Petition”

  1. Belizean says:

    Silly silly silly. The PUP cant understand that the PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!!! Now lets start working. Stop wasting precious time and money because of greed

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