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first_imgLocalNews Election petition appeal dismissed! by: – March 11, 2013 Sharing is caring! Share Share 44 Views   7 commentscenter_img Share Tweet Prime Minister Skerrit at the 2012 Independence celebrations. Photograph by: Felix AugustineJustices of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court have dismissed an election petition filed by the Opposition United Workers Party contesting Justice Gertel Thom’s ruling. The decision was handed down during the Court’s sitting in St. Kitts on Monday, March 11th, almost four months after the Court heard arguments from senior counsels Anthony Astaphan and Douglas Mendes in Dominica.“Petitioners making specific allegations in their election petitions about the existence of a disqualification must bring the appropriate evidence to prove their allegations.“The judge [trial judge Gertel Thom] having found that there was no direct evidence of the allegations of disqualification made in the petitions, she was entitled to dismiss the petitions,” the ruling of Chief Justice Janice Pereira, Mario Mitchel and Don Mitchell notes.It further states that “the burden [of proof] was on the appellants to have brought the necessary evidence before the court to prove that under the law of France, the respondents being in possession of French passports was an act which amounted to an acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience or adherence to the state of France”.“We are very happy, we are delighted, this matter is now behind us,” senior counsel Anthony Astaphan told Dominica Vibes News.“[The] Prime Minister was, and at all material times, the lawful prime minister of this country and we are very happy. We haven’t read the entire judgment yet, we haven’t seen it, there were a number of orders that were made and we have to see what happens,” he continued. He also expressed gratitude to those who provided moral and spiritual support to the legal team as well as the Prime Minister for his patience in dealing with the case.After a week-long trial in January 2012, Justice Gertel Thom ruled that senator Ronald Green “failed to establish a prima facie case” against Mr. Saint Jean. She ruled further that Mr. Maynard Joseph “failed to lead any evidence to show that Mr. Skerrit was by virtue of his own act under acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state”.This Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court is the final court of appeal in election matters; hence there can be no further appeal to the Privy Council.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more