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CCJ reserves decision in election treating matter

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The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Thursday reserved its decision after hearing arguments from lawyers Anthony Astaphan SC and Cara Shillingford, in the 2014 election treating case.

Mervin John Baptiste, Antoine Defoe, and Edincot St. Valle filed complaints against all 15 elected candidates of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) after the 2014 general election claiming they were involved in treating leading up to the election which the DLP won 15-6 against the United Workers Party (UWP).

A decision is expected to be handing down early in 2021

The high court has previously ruled that the magistrate did not have jurisdiction to hear the matter but in a 2-1 majority decision, the ECSC dismissed the high court’s decision and remitted the matter back to the Magistrate’s Court.

Astaphan is challenging that decision.

On Thursday, he urged the court to dismiss the matter and uphold the decision of the high court.

In her arguments, Cara Shillingford told the Judges that “elected politicians are not above the law.”

She urged the judges to uphold the 2-1 majority decision of the ECSC and remit the matter to the magistrate’s court for trial.

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(NYCD) Will hold an Inauguration Ceremony this coming Saturday

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The National Youth Council of Dominica (NYCD) will hold an inauguration ceremony this coming Saturday, to officially adopt a new executive in 2021.

President-elect of the NYCD Ashma McDougall says the Council will hold its inauguration at the Windsor Park Stadium.

This year, the Council will welcome two student representatives from the Dominica State College, a representative for the Kalinago People as well as a representative of Dominica’s disabled community.

McDougall says at the ceremony, the NYCD will also table a bill to allow for a Diaspora Youth Representative.

Ashma McDougall, President- Elect of the National Youth Council of Dominica

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An agreement to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment ahead of construction of the International Airport.

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Government has reached an agreement to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment ahead of construction of the International Airport.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit spoke to the media on Monday during a site visit to Joe Burton where construction has begun on 37 homes for relocation of displaced Wesley residents.

Mr. Skerrit said Government is seeking to use the services of local experts.

Meantime Prime Minister Skerrit said an agreement could be finalized soon for the construction of the international airport.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

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