According to media reports, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will announce its ruling on the No-confidence Motion on June 18, 2019.
This is a welcome development. Already there was some anxiety over the length of time that had elapsed since the CCJ heard submissions from the concerned parties. The expectation was that within a week or two the CCJ would have ruled on the matters before it.
That, however, was not to be. It is now known that the ruling will take place, tentatively, on June 18. This would certainly erase whatever misgivings some people, especially among the opposition camp, may have entertained, however misplaced, regarding the integrity of the judicial processes.
Regardless of the complexity or sensitivity of the matters before it, the CCJ is no doubt conscious of the fact that the sooner the ruling is made, the better it would be in terms of confidence and credibility in that regional institution. Delays in arriving at decisions could create room for complexity in the adjudication processes as in the case of ‘new’ evidence being tabled by the Attorney General which some felt was ploy used to delay a ruling on the matter even further.
The credibility and integrity of the highest regional Court cannot be allowed to put in doubt. This is one matter that will be carefully watched by Guyanese and for that matter the entire democratic world.
Regardless of the ruling, the politics of Guyana will be reconfigured in ways never hitherto known. An external judicial body will determine the country’s democratic path. The efficacy of our local judicial and legislative institutions is on trial.
Guyanese are anxiously awaiting the CCJ ruling on June 18. The speculations and political angst will sooner come to an end.
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