Election petition

Guyanese woman challenges right to vote in Barbados

The Chief Electoral Officer Angela Taylor is being sued.

Lawyers for Guyana-born Shireene Ann Mathlin-Tulloch, of #2 Castlerock, Cane Garden, St Thomas, filed an application in the Supreme Court today challenging Taylor’s decision to refuse to register their client as an elector in Barbados.

According to the court documents, Mathlin-Tulloch is a Commonwealth citizen who has been living and working in Barbados legally for the past 16 years.

Through her attorney-at-law Wilfred Abrahams, the 49-year-old woman wants the court to declare that she satisfies the conditions entitling her to register as an elector as stipulated under Section 7 of the Representation of the People Act, Cap 12 of the Laws of Barbados.

Contending that she possesses a Barbados national identification card issued by the local Electoral and Boundaries Commission, the applicant also wants the court to issue an order of certiorari to quash the decision of the Chief Electoral Officer to refuse her as an elector.

The High Court is also being asked to order the top electoral official to register the applicant and grant an injunction restraining the Government department from refusing to register persons as electors other than in accordance with the same Act.

Mathlin-Tulloch is also asking for costs and “such further and/or other relief as may be deemed fit” by the court.

Elections are constitutionally due here by the middle of next year.

emmanueljoseph@barbadostoday.bb

6 Responses to Election petition

  1. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore November 11, 2017 at 12:27 am

    The rule of law should be followed in this & any other matter where there are infringements. We were once a country that acknowledged & abide by the laws & treaties that governed us but we’re fast becoming a law unto ourselves. Little wonder this being the case since those who sit in the highest court of the land are among our chief lawbreakers.

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  2. Hobbs Pauline
    Hobbs Pauline November 11, 2017 at 6:51 am

    can i get a tranfer to ch ch

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  3. Hobbs Pauline
    Hobbs Pauline November 11, 2017 at 6:51 am

    i meant to vote

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  4. Javan Carmichael
    Javan Carmichael November 11, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Mr Abrams i have a few question on this matter after my statement and there are as follows;#1 The Constitution speaks to any person who is a commonwealth citizen resided in Barbados for more than 7 years continuously on or before November 1966 and has not since such period reside outside of Barbados continuously for 7 years or more shall be entitled upon making application be registered as a citizen of Barbados.#2 That the Representation of the people act of the laws of Barbados also make provisions for commonwealth citizens if reside in Barbados for more then 3 years is entitled to be registered to vote.#3, That the said act desqualifies anyone who as a commonwealth citizen break the law, live outside of Barbados for more then 5 years. Mentaly ill or of unsound mind or denouce they common wealth citizenship.

    The question therefore beg to be ask does the constitution represent this woman since it refers to a commonwealth citizen on or before 1966, since the Representation if the people act is a continuation of the of 1966 constitution order of Barbados??? If she is so represented and protected by the act why is she not a citizen of Barbados already since the act give her the right to apply for citizenship after living here for more than a decade??? Furthermore if this woman claim to have been registered why does she hav3 to re-registered if her name is already there??? Something cannot be right if she is qualify to registered and was already register??? Or is it that Ms Taylor has found some irregularities about her being honest which??? As far as i read in the constitution she has no claim i am subject to corrected on this.

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  5. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore November 11, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Ch Ch East I hope if you’re now living in the constituency.

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