The United National Congress (UNC) was successful in obtaining last minute permission to extend the scope of its election petitions challenging the Election and Boundaries Commission’s (EBC) decision to extend last September’s general election by one hour due to heavy rainfall.
Yesterday the party was victorious after a special sitting of the Court of Appeal to clarify two major pre-trial evidential issues, which had to be determined to allow for the start of the trial of the five petitions this morning.
The UNC’s legal team had appealed a decision by trial judge Mira Dean-Armorer to strike out hearsay evidence from its witnesses which she felt was irrelevant to their case against the EBC.
Speaking on the Power Breakfast Show on power 102.1 fm this morning, Political analyst Rishi Maharaj revealed that he did not believe that what was said was that the information could be admitted.
He stated that it seemed that the matter was sent back to the high court to reconsider what evidence could and could not be submitted.
Maharaj sought to clarify what the Party’s arguments would have entailed.
Meanwhile Mr. Maharaj also weighed in on the run-off election of the Tobago Council of the People’s National Movement carded to take place on Sunday 3 July.
He said that it showed a certain level of maturity by the party given the fact that the winning candidate must have 50 plus 1 percent of the vote.
He revealed that in the end it could only improve the party if whoever assumes leadership has a majority backing of the membership in Tobago.
Political Analyst Rishi Maharaj.