By Kristen Macklingam
Chancellor of the Judiciary Carl Singh has given the green light to the government for Citizenship Minister, Winston Felix, and Minister within the Ministry of Communities with responsibilities for Labour, Keith Scott, to return to the National Assembly and sit as Technocrat Members of Parliament (MP).
This ruling was made during a hearing earlier today after Attorney General (AG) Basil Williams appealed a previous ruling by Former Chief Justice (CJ) Ian Chang which saw the two ministers being banned from Parliament.
At that time the CJ had pronounced that the move to have both ministers present as MPs was unconstitutional since technocrat members cannot be taken from a list of representatives belonging to a Party.
INews understands that at today’s hearing Chancellor Singh ruled in favour of the government granting a ‘stay of execution’ on the ruling made by the Former CJ.
The AG told the media this morning that an application for an interim stay pending the determination of the application for stay had been made and in light of it being granted, Ministers Felix and Scott can attend today’s sitting of the National Assembly.
Until the application for stay is fully heard, the two ministers can sit in the National Assembly.
Meanwhile, Former AG Anil Nandlall said the circumstances surrounding the ruling by the Chancellor ruling was “strange” and that he had even been served with a copy of the Ex Parte application.
Nandlall contended that when he heard about the appeal he immediately wrote the Courts requesting that he be present during the hearing and that it was today, while the case was ongoing, that he was served the relevant documentation.
“I find that very strange. Stays of Execution are not granted Ex Parte without hearing the other side…they have not heard me…what are you staying? You don’t stay a declaration…they are not orders that are coercive…they are declaring a state of affairs,” Nandlall argued.
According to the former Attorney General, the orders which are granted by the CJ are all “declaration” and cannot be stayed.