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May 14, 2015

Will the P.M. Appeal Should Supreme Court Rule in Favor of 13th Senator Enforcement?

Dean Barrow

A number of other pressing issues came out of the prime minister’s press conference. As you know, Prime Minister Dean Barrow is being sued by the People’s United Party for failure to bring in to effect two sections of the Sixth Amendment.  Those sections pertain to the appointment of a thirteenth senator from the N.G.O. community. Despite the lawsuit, the PM seems not at all perturbed by the action taken against him.  When asked if a victory in favor of the opposition, prior to the general elections, would force him to appointment a thirteenth senator, the PM flatly said he would appeal the decision.  In his opinion, the most that can be done is for the P.U.P. to get an enforcement order since it is an issue between parliament and the minister.



“You don’t seem particularly concerned about the PUP’s case, I’m saying that if it goes to court before the elections the imminent elections whose date we don’t know but we know that it is soon.  But if it goes before… if it goes before the election and say they win and an order is issued from the court forcing you to implement the thirteenth senator within thirty days.”


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I will appeal and remember I can’t know what the court will do now but there is that precedent, one Supreme Court judge can’t bind another but I would think that a great deal of respect would be paid now, I don’t even know who’s hearing the present challenge but I would think that the judge would pay a great deal of respect to what the judge in the previous case said and to the leading authority on to which that previous judge relied which is a House of Lords case and so that is why I believe at best that the P.U.P. and Mr. Courtenay could get some sort of a declaration and I do not even think that the circumstances are such as to favor that but putting their chances at their highest, in my view, that’s what they could come away with.  They would not, in my opinion, get any enforcement order because the law seems to me to be clear.  That is a matter between the parliament and the minister.”


The suit was formally brought against PM Barrow on May sixth.

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