[www.inewsguyana.com] – Cabinet Secretary, Dr Roger Luncheon says President Donald Ramotar will dissolve Parliament in keeping with the constitution, which states that this must be done three months prior to the announced date for the polls.
May 11 has been announced as Election Day, which means Parliament will be dissolved in early February.
“In other words, you can indeed dissolve anytime, no later than before the time of polling. That is not exactly what the constitution says, it might of course be what is meant, but it isn’t exactly what the constitution says. I have accorded that and some of my colleagues agree with me, a lesser option. So you’re looking at the dissolution, three months exactly from the 11th of May….that puts you sometime around the 8th or 9th of February,” Dr Luncheon explained in response to a question at his post cabinet media briefing on Wednesday, January 28.
The non-dissolution of Parliament before naming of the date for general and regional elections has caused some to question the legality of the President’s actions.
However, Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall said the President’s action was legal and done in accordance with the constitution.
President Ramotar has signed a proclamation making the date official.