Tuesday 6th March, 2018 –A High Court Judge has adjourned until Thursday the hearing of an interim injunction filed by the Barbuda People’s Movement Trevor Walker, who is seeking to block the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission from allowing Barbudans to vote in Antigua during general election.
The matter began in chamber on Tuesday, with Walker being represented by Charlesworth Tabor and the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission by Patricia Simon-Forde.
ABEC, after considering the current situation in Barbuda and acting in accordance with Section 35 of the Representation of the People’s Act, following consultation with the key stakeholders concluded that Barbudans will be allowed to cast their ballots on the mainland. But Trevor Walker believes Barbudans should be allowed to vote in Barbuda and moved to the court to file an interim injunction that would prevent ABEC from going through with its decision.
ABEC Chairman Nathaniel ‘Paddy’ James was in court this afternoon.
The ABEC Chairman maintains their decision is fair and was taken in the interest of Barbudans, who were evacuated after Hurricane Irma devastated the sister isle last year.
Mr. James noted that the action brought by Walker is hampering their preparations at this critical juncture, but he says the law must prevail and ABEC awaits the judge’s decision.