The charade must now end

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has ruled that the Guyana National Assembly “properly passed” a no-confidence motion (NCM) against the Government on December 21.

The consequential orders

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has ruled in two of the most important constitutional cases that have engaged its attention in its ten-year history.

Father’s Day

The best quote I have read among dozens in relation to Father’s Day while preparing for this article is this: “By the time a man realises that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” At lunch during last week, my elder son, who has a nodding respect for my legal acumen, even though it (the legal acumen) is at best modest, if it has even reached that level, and who consults me frequently, pronounced once again that he has a dim view of politicians.

Ramjattan v Nagamootoo [2019] AFC 1

As the general elections draw near, and the speculation surrounding the choice by the PPP’s of its presidential candidate is over, attention is now focused on the AFC’s choice of its prime ministerial candidate.

Elections Commission – damn the messenger!

The legal adviser to the Elections Commission came in for some blistering, public, abuse by Commissioner Desmond Trotman, who referred to the young lawyer as practising ‘deceit.’ Apparently, the opinion she gave as to the law relating to registration of electors, was not to his liking, as it contradicted the position that he and his fellow Government-appointed Commissioners had been advocating.

Guyana’s political antics under scrutiny

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) gave a clear indication of its liberal and purposive attitude to constitutional interpretation in the Richardson case last year in which the constitutionality of the two-term presidential limit was challenged.

Despair!

Many Guyanese are in despair arising out of the current political deadlock and the failure of our politicians to resolve it.

The Court of Appeal can shine a legal light on the way forward

President Granger last Friday said that “the Government is conducting its affairs in accordance with the Constitution and with respect for the rule of law.” He sought to convince the nation that it was the Speaker of the National Assembly who directed the Government’s approach to the court and that the cooperation of the Opposition is necessary for credible elections.

Dim political fortunes await Guyana

The meetings last week between the President and the Leader of the Opposition and the President and the Guyana Elections Commission did not yield a solution to the impending constitutional crisis that has been dominating the news in recent weeks.

Now is the time

The crisis facing Guyana, due to get worse on March 22nd, when the Government loses its legal authority, was not the result of the actions of evil people.

The status quo no longer exists and there can be no business as usual

-a national government the only way out

The Chief Justice ruled that the no confidence motion was lawfully passed on December 21st in the National Assembly by a 33-32 vote, and that the vote of Charrandass Persaud was lawful, notwithstanding that as a dual citizen he was unlawfully occupying his seat in the National Assembly.

Are a few more months in office worth the trouble?

By virtue of the now familiar Article 106(7) of the Constitution of Guyana, elections are due to be held within three months of the passage of a no-confidence motion in the National Assembly on December 21, 2018, that is, by the end of March.

Exploiting the sentiments of the electorate

In a lengthy article, “Countries at the Crossroads 2011: Guyana,” written for “Freedom House” before the general elections of that year, Assistant Professor Joan Mars, of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice of the University of Michigan-Flint, said: “Elections are constitutionally due to be held in 2011.

Unlawfully holding on to office

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr. Barton Scotland, having declined to reverse his declaration on December 21, 2018, that the no confidence motion against the Government had been carried on a vote of 33-32 in favour, has shifted the arena of contest to the Court.

Passing the buck

Why has the Government failed to proceed with constitutional reform to implement the proposals contained in its manifesto for the 2015 general elections?

Sex and politics in the U.S.

Sex and politics intersected in an explosive controversy that has gripped the United States as Professor Christine Blasey Ford gave evidence last Thursday to the United States Senate about a sexual assault perpetrated against her in the summer of 1982 by Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, on the US Supreme Court.

I am Ryan “*@#*+=?” Crawford

Ryan Crawford, whose middle name you will have to guess, is an attorney-at-law in practice in Berbice, and the son of the late Marcel Crawford, one of the Ancient County’s distinguished lawyers.

The ostrich syndrome

Those who advocate changes in the composition and method of selection of the members of the Elections Commission suffer from the ostrich syndrome.

Food and booze in Parliament

A report on the cost of food for each sitting of Parliament being $700,000 has triggered a particularly sharp debate about the cost and the alleged supply of alcohol.

Dead Meat

The AFC declared on Monday last that it would be contesting the November 12 local government elections on its own.

Sweep away the cobweb

An extensive debate is currently raging in the media on the Government’s lethargic approach in preparation for the oil industry.