By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Court case against the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) was dismissed by Justice Brassington Reynolds on Monday, March 24, after lawyers for former People’s National Congress Reform (PNC/R) Leader Robert Corbin indicated that they did not wish to continue with the matter.
This is according to Former Chairman of the ERC, Juan Edghill, during a press conference on Wednesday, March 26. An injunction was filed in 2011 by Corbin, several months before the November 2011 General and Regional Elections, therefore stalling the work of the ERC.
Edghill, who is now a Minister within the Finance Ministry, told reporters that from the onset, the then PNC/R did not want to have the ERC functioning during the elections.
“We at all times contended that the application by Mr. Corbin and affidavit in support by Ms Cheryl Sampson and the late Mrs. Deborah Backer were irrational, characterized by pique, without merit and unsustainable. It was misconceived, filled with inconsistencies, accuracies, was done in bad faith and was pure politics,” Edghill told the news conference.
He added that this action has revealed the “true colours of the PNC/R.”
“I endured the vilification, the insults, the demonizing by Mr. Corbin and members of the PNC. This must never happen to another Guyanese who dares to stand.”
Edghill reiterated that there must be an Ethnic Relations Commission in place, whether in time for Local Government Elections or National Elections. In this regard, he is hoping to garner the support of the Alliance For Chance (AFC) and A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).