U.S.-Based Group Welcomes CCJ Ruling Limiting Guyana Presidential Term Limits

NEW YORK – Rickford Burke, president of the Brooklyn, New York-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID), has welcomed the recent ruling by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on presidential term limits in Guyana.

B RickfordBurke told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that last month’s CCJ ruling “cements a new era in Guyana, where the constitution and the rule of law can reign supreme.”

The challenge to the term limit came in the run-up to the historic 2015 general elections, when the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) lost to the A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) Coalition after 23 years in office, during which Bharrat Jagdeo served two terms as president. The challenge sought to allow Jagdeo to contest elections again.

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“Article 90 (2) of the Guyana Constitution states that, ‘a person elected as president after the year 2000 is eligible for re-election only once’,” said Burke.

“Jagdeo’s proxies sought to have this constitutional provision declared null and void.” 

The CCJ accepted the Guyana government’s arguments, finding that the Constitution allows for the rights of the people to be expressed through their elected representatives in Parliament, therefore upholding the two-term limit for the presidency of Guyana. 

Burke asserted that the CCJ’s ruling is “an indictment of attempts at judicial collusion” in Guyana.  

 

Author  Edited from CMC
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