Media Advisory- CCJ to hear Appeal on Sunday, 13th May at 11 am

12 May 2018

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has responded with haste to an appeal from Barbados where a resident of that nation is fighting for his right to vote.  Professor Ventose, a St Lucian national who has lived in Barbados for several years, is seeking to be included on the Barbados electoral register. He alleges that under the prevailing laws he is qualified and entitled to be registered. The Chief Justice of Barbados, sitting as a trial judge, after hearing arguments on the matter, had issued the order compelling the Chief Electoral Officer to allow Professor Ventose to be registered to vote.

 

The Court of Appeal very recently ruled that Professor Ventose was entitled to be registered to vote but stopped short of compelling the Chief Electoral Officer to do so, instead, ordering the CEO to determine Professor Ventose’s claim within 24 hours.  Professor Ventose is asking the CCJ to declare that his name should be on the final voters’ list ahead of its publication this week. The court’s decision on the matter will also affect other Commonwealth Caribbean citizens, resident in Barbados for the relevant qualifying period, who are also claiming a right to be registered as voters under the Barbados laws. The application by Ventose for leave to appeal came to the CCJ on Friday afternoon and, in light of the acknowledged urgency of the matter, the Court responded by scheduling the hearing for this Sunday.

 

The event is being live-streamed at http://bit.ly/2GaJFlc and broadcast-quality audio and video files will be available for all representatives of the media after the hearing.  Kindly confirm your requirements by telephone or email to Ms Charmaine Wright, Communications and Information Manager, at cwright@ccj.org or by calling (868) 726-3042.

 

To see the media advisory please click here: CCJ Media Advisory