APNU/AFC had been “ill advised” in appointing Felix, Scott as Technocratic Ministers, says Nandlall

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In light of yesterday’s ruling by outgoing acting Chief Justice (CJ) Ian Chang that Citizenship Minister Winston Felix and Junior Social Protection Minister Keith Scott should not be sitting in the National Assembly as Technocrat Ministers, there has been much uproar from the Government’s side.

FELIX2However, former Attorney General and lawyer Anil Nandlall, has stated that the APNU+AFC Administration had been ‘ill-advised’ in its decision to appoint both Felix and Scott as Technocrat members.

He explained that a Technocrat Minister must come from outside of the elected party’s list of candidates.

Nandlall who is representing the applicant Desmond Morian stated that this was his client’s contention from the inception of the matter.

In justifying his ruling yesterday afternoon, the acting CJ had ruled that neither Felix nor Scott can sit in the National Assembly as Technocrat Members since they are on the APNU/AFC List of Candidates as Elected Members.

According to him in his 15-page decision, the Members on a successful list of candidates, if appointed as Members of the National Assembly, are entitled to all the rights of a parliamentarian in order to represent the electorate who would have voted for them.

However, he explained that as Technocrat Members, Felix and Scott do not have ‘voting rights.’ Therefore the duo cannot fully represent their electorates, therefore making their presence in the national assembly unconstitutional.

 

6 COMMENTS

  1. I believe,both Anil and Chang have been ill-advised,where the Constitution of Guyana is concerned in connection with Scott and Felix.They will both be placed on SHAME-Bench,for their ignorance of the LAW,trust me.

  2. With so many lawyers on the government side how could the APNU/AFC coalition not know that the two were not entitled to be sitting in parliament as technocrats ”since they are on the APNU/AFC List of Candidates as Elected Members”? Or do they believe that they could do as they very well please just as they did in the last parliament? Even after the ruling, they displayed such arrogance in their pronouncements against the learned outgoing chief justice (ag). That’s bullyism

  3. APNU/AFC had been “ill advised” in appointing Felix, Scott as Technocratic Ministers, says Nandlall..
    Wel Nagamook is a lawyer–RumJaatmook is a lawyer– Marmonbundhar is a lawyer –Well Brazil Wille and Nighel Willie are nothings..

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