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ABLP Relies on Mansoor's Comments

Minister Dr Edmond Mansoor; Senior Counsel Anthony AstaphanAntigua St. john's - The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) has asked a High Court judge to view recent comments made by United Progressive Party (UPP) Senator Dr Edmond Mansoor as grounds for a triable case. 

The ABLP took the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) to court in a effort  to halt the current mass re-registration exercise. 

Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan, who appeared in the matter on behalf of Opposition Leader Gaston Browne and ABLP stalwart Lionel "Max" Hurst, in his request for an injunction asked that the court take recent comments made by Dr Mansoor into account.  

During a radio interview, Telecoms Minister questioned whether the exercise was designed to disenfranchise voters. 

Astaphan told the court that based on the minister's comments, the ABLP case has been strengthened. 

                                                                                                               

The attorney asked that the judge stop the re-registration process until a determination could be made on the constitutionality of the exercise. 

The ABLP has said that the constitution does not provide for ABEC to remove individuals from an existing voter's list and ask them to re-register under new terms and conditions. 

The electoral law was amended in 2010, and anyone who is not Antiguan & Barbudan by birth must now have been resident in the country for seven unbroken years to be eligible to vote in an election. 

Under the previous law, Commonwealth citizens could vote after living here for only three years. 

Astaphan argued that the law is being applied retroactively, which should not be done. 

Responding to the claimant's attorney, ABEC's legal defender, Russell Martineau, said if an injunction is granted, it could cause considerable damage to the electoral process if the court rules against the ABLP. 

Justice Brian Cottle has promised to return with his decision within a few days after carefully going through the legal arguments that were made yesterday.

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purging the voters list

#12 Observer... » 2013-10-18 00:38

This re-registration is like purging the voters list. Many of us has already pointed out that many of our countrymen/women would be dis-enfranchise with this process so close to a general election. For many have left Antigua in the last years as they could not find work for years looking for greener pasture in either the USA or Canada. Some went to England. All these persons won't be able to come back in time to re-register. This is a very unfair practice. Especially when you imagine that if they come back they will be required to travel for election time within a six month period again. Some even just came here for Carnival. Who has that kind of time and money to do so? So what do say to these people tough luck. You shouldn't have left.
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this is what antigua come to?

#11 john jones » 2013-10-16 16:48

Antiguans and Barbudans lives are being run by the courts and not by the people themselves, Gaston and his minions are hiding behind the cover of the courts and fail to let the electorate decide for themselves what decisions they want to direct their lives. To me he and the "alp" are abunch of cowards, period let the folks decide for themselves and not the courts.
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RE: ABLP Relies on Mansoor's Comments

#10 CIROC » 2013-10-16 15:42

I was listening to the radio station that night.What he said was correct at the time about ABEC.This injunction was filed before Mansoor made his comments on Observer Radio Snake Pit Program.What would have been Astaphan's argument if this did not take place.Is this lawyer a QC.His name is always mentioned in court cases in Antigua. Are there any lawyers in Antigua better than this toad. Antiguans were always infatuated with foreign accents. They trust foreigners more than their own.There in lies the problem with Antiguans.I base my argument on 60 plus years of history in Antigua.In regards to the love of local versus foreign.
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ALL RISE Part 3

#9 King Court » 2013-10-16 12:52

Astaphan should be thankful to former PM Lester Bird labour connection throughout CARICOM. Astaphan owes his legal profession to the Birds family connection, nothing else. Astaphan, does not possess the legal knowledge to represent anyone! All rise, Astaphan you may sit!

Antigua & Barbuda your hope for justice may just be a fiasco, for those who labor against the power of re-registration seems to possess the hammer of judgment!
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ALL RISE Part 2

#8 King Court » 2013-10-16 12:49

Therefore, legal history maybe created in Antigua & Barbuda "if" he rules against the UPP government. Probably, Astaphan knows the ruling will not be against the ALP, so Astaphan's "if" depends on a favorable judgment. All rise...I hope the judgment is not bias, and the re-registration will continue. We will be the witnesses! Let's see if imperfect justice reigns.

Judge Cottle left Dominica amidst a firestorm of criticism, and his bias rulings. There is a history of association between the Judge and Astaphan, the case of the Tuxedo Villa issue is another case in point. Judge Cottle preside over that case too, after his controversial ruling, he was re-assigned to Dominica in 2009.

http://news.stluciastar.com/tuxedo-villas-fiasco/

http://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/justice-brian-cottle-leaves-dominica/
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ALL RISE Part 1

#7 King Court » 2013-10-16 12:28

I am following this case with the utmost interest, since there is a history of injunctions filed by Anthony Astaphan on behalf of Dominica PM Roosevelt Skerrit. One such example was the "Integrity in Public Office Commission (IPO) hearing into claims that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is the rightful owner of multimillion dollar villas in the North of Dominica, Judge Brian Cottle has stepped in to ensure that no such hearing takes place. "

Many people saw Judge Cottle interference as " an abuse of legal authority.." Similar abuse took place in the Courts of Antigua & Barbuda when Clarence "Lawyer" Crump telephone rang in open court. That infringement attracted a charge of the phones value.

http://thedominican.net/2013/02/judge-cottle-stops-ipo.html
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@Student Overseas

#6 NYC » 2013-10-16 09:01

No money or resources to help students and citizens overseas to reregister but millions to woe CIP bandits, gangsters, **s, and Russian Mafia. We are all shocked and watching to see how UPP is going to end this disenfranchisement.
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PEOPLE WERE DISENFRANCHIED

#5 King Court » 2013-10-16 08:54

Anthony Astaphan, are you a lawyer, do you have the virtue to be one? The fact that you are practicing makes you a lawyer, but some people may question your inept logic of the law. Your opinions differs from the basic facts, and using non-elected "Minister" Edward Mansoor emotion concerning disenfranchised voters is considered to be subjective.

According to Wikipedia subjective is "based on that which is less than absolutely certain, and is the result of emotion or interpretation of facts. What distinguishes fact from opinion is that facts are verifiable, i.e. can be objectively proven to have occurred."

For example, there is proof, that former PM Lester Bird, and Asot Michael stole IHI money, voices on the tapes and financial transactions are verifiable. In addition, there is proof that some persons who never had any funds to establish Mega shops, now have the biggest plaza. These are facts that can never be disputed. Therefore, we may conclude by these actions the people were truly disenfranchised by under-the-table bobol.
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RE: ABLP Relies on Mansoor's Comments

#4 Window watching » 2013-10-16 08:34

Are we not allowed as individuals to have differing views? It does not seem so as there are those who believe that because Dr. Mansoor is a part of the party, then he must tow the line without any dissenting thoughts.
If we cannot have a differing view when it comes to politics and membership in a party, then we must hold VC Bird, Lester and his pals and all them forever guilty for Space Research etc.
Dr. Mansoor raised some salient points in his argument, but at the end of the day, the majority will win out, and in this case, the argument is for total re-registration. It is something with which I agree, though it should have been done sooner.
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The ball is in the Judges court

#3 Observer... » 2013-10-16 08:17

Well we see the same situation playing out each time. The court is being made the last resort for the political fight. When going back to the 2009 election it was clear that the court didn't want to touch this hot potato. Now again I wonder if they will. ABLP should be bold enough to take their case to the people and therefore to the street. Many have cried out before we need to lock down the country. You need the political balls to do so. And gamble whether you will succeed. you cannot just leave your political battles to the judge to declare you winner. Cause we have see that even with a judgment Baldwin does as he pleases.
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WHATS GOOD FOR THE GOOSE ALSO GOOD FOR...

#2 OO7 » 2013-10-16 07:46

REMEMBER SENATOR STUART WAS FIRED BECAUSE HE DID NOT SUPPORT THE GOVERNMENT POLICY ON THE CIP. LIKEWISE THE HON SENATOR MANSOOR IS NOT ON THE SAME PAGE WITH THE HON PM BALDWIN SPENCER AND THE UPP AS THE RE-REGISTRATION OF VOTERS....WAITING TO SEE IF HE WILL BE SENT PACKING. WHAT APPLIES TO THE PICKY HEAD BOY FROM GRAYS FARM SHOULD ALSO APPLY TO THE CURLY HAIR BALDDY FROM UPTOWN.
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RE: ABLP Relies on Mansoor's Comments

#1 Student Overseas » 2013-10-16 06:45

Dr Mansoor you are correct. However, I cannot come home to reregister because I way overseas. We are wondering since you are the technology chief, what was setup by ABEC for us to conduct absentee registration and voting? It will save us the expensive trip. We saw in the news that your government hired a CIP bossman from CANADA and a staff and paying high rent at the hard working taxpayers expense to reach out all o er the world and process CIP candidates so why your government cannot send a life line to its own? We are still in SHOCK!
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