Monday 5th March, 2018 –An eminent Antiguan Queen’s Counsel has weighed in on the Electoral Commission’s decision to have Barbudans cast their ballots in Antigua on March 21st, Election Day.
ABEC Chairman, Nathaniel James said consultations were held with key stakeholders before the agreement was reached. But a number of Barbudans have taken issue with the Electoral Commission’s decision and have since mounted a challenge in the High Court against it.
Sir Gerald Watt, appearing on state television on Sunday shared his thoughts on the matter from a legal perspective. He opined there is no doubt ABEC is within its legal rights to have Barbudans vote on the mainland.
The former ABEC Chairman believes the court will not side with those who are challenging the decision, as the circumstances are clear under which it was made.
Queen’s Counsel, Sir Gerald Watt.
The matter has reportedly been heard, but the outcome is yet to be determined.