Constituency Boundaries Commission Still Mandated To Review Boundaries

St. Kitts - Nevis Prime Minister - Denzil Douglas

St. Kitts – Nevis Prime Minister – Denzil Douglas
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Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
October 19, 2009

Chairman of the Constituency Boundaries Commission (CBC), Mr. Anthony Johnson said Monday that the Constituency Boundaries Commission is still mandated to review the number and boundaries of the constituencies into which St. Kitts and Nevis is divided.

In a statement issued through his office, following a ruling of His Lordship Mr. Justice Errol Thomas, the CBC Chairman expressed extreme gratitude that the allegations of bias, bad faith and improper purpose leveled at the Constituency Boundaries Commission have been rejected by the High Court Judge in his 107-page judgment delivered Monday.

“The Honourable Judge rejected these allegations in stark language. Further, the Judge stated that the Claimants had no right to be heard or consulted by the CBC in making recommendations for boundary changes to the Governor General,” said attorney Johnson.

He noted that the High Court however for reasons explained in the judgment, determined that “our Report was null void and of no effect and the Proclamation which resulted from our Report is null, void and of no effect.”

“As a result, the Commission, by virtue of section 50 of the Constitution, is still mandated to review the number and boundaries of the constituencies into which St. Kitts and Nevis is divided and submit its Report to the Governor General,” said Mr. Johnson.

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