GECOM Chairman challengeAs the case of People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha challenging the unilateral appointment of retired Justice James Patterson as Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman continued, the applicant’s Attorney, Anil Nandlall is urging the Justices of the Appeal Court to essentially rule that President David Granger was “not above the law”. This was among several arguments put forward in further submissions by Mustapha’s Attorney, who on Tuesday warned of the dangers of being unable to judicially question the President’s actions.Attorney-at-Law Anil NandlallNandlall and Attorney General Basil Williams were required to make submissions to the court on four aspects of law ahead of the court’s decision, which is scheduled to be handed down on Thursday morning. These focused on whether the Orders sought in paragraphs iii and iv in Fixed Date Application dated October 23, 2017 or the effect of those orders can be granted by way of these proceedings; Whether Article 177 of the Constitution has any bearing on the President’s role under Article 161(2). The other questions queried: Whether the role of the Leader of the Opposition in submitting a list under Article 161(2) is restricted only to the category of “other fit and proper persons” and; whether the list is still valid, if not all six persons are deemed not unacceptable.Chancellor of the Judiciary (ag), Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards and fellow Appeal Court Justices Dawn Gregory and Rishi Persaud are presiding over the matter. The PPP is seeking to have the Court reverse the June 2018 High Court ruling by acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, who upheld Justice Patterson’s unilateral appointment.During Tuesday’s hearing, Attorney Nandlall advanced that under the Constitution, Guyana is governed by the rule of law, adding that no one is above the law and the actions of all are judicially reviewable, including the President. The Attorney critiqued the totality of the State’s arguments which included that the President “acted rationally and reasonably” in rejecting the three lists of 18 names which the Opposition Leader submitted.Attorney General Basil WilliamsHe conceded that while the President could not be personally dragged away from his duties, his actions were reviewable. He stressed that the Chief Justice in her June ruling “never said” that President Granger was omnipotent.Earlier during the proceedings, the Attorney told the Judges that even though the President did not appear himself in proceedings, the Attorney General would be named as the proper party in the legal suit. This point was later challenged by Williams, who said that Nandlall did not cite the authority on which the AG was answerable.Williams, in his presentation, opined that the President was an “executive of one”, noting that Mustapha’s case attempted to “reduce the President” to the role of a public officer. Having made legal citations, the AG observed constitutional protections that bar the court from assuming any jurisdiction over the President.“The President is not above the law, but he is entrusted to carry out the people’s interest,” the AG submitted.Solicitor General Kym Kyte-Thomas, speaking on the point of the President’s decisions on the submitted lists, argued that the President should have been given a fair chance to make a choice among the six persons. To this end, she stressed that the “entire list” must be acceptable and must maintain its integrity.When the Chancellor interjected and asked whether the Head of State could “pick, chose and refuse”, Kyte-Thomas posited that the President’s choices must not be limited and that the six persons on the list “must not be tainted”.In October last year, the PPP’s Executive Secretary filed an injunction to have the court rescind Justice Patterson’s appointment which came days after his appointment. However, Justice George on June 8, 2018 ruled that the Constitution of Guyana allows for the President to unilaterally appoint someone to fill the position of GECOM Chair.The PPP has argued that the retired Judge was unqualified for the post, and had petitioned the court to order the President to choose a person from the 18 names submitted. The acting Chief Justice, in her ruling, had, however, stated that there was nothing before the court to support a finding that the President had acted unlawfully or irrationally in resorting to the proviso to Article 161(2); and there is nothing to rebut the presumption that Justice Patterson is qualified to be appointed to the post of Chairman of GECOM.According to the acting Chief Justice, the Opposition did not produce evidence to support the contention that Patterson was unqualified for the position. She outlined in her ruling that the President should have given reasons for his rejection of the 18 nominees submitted by the Opposition Leader. In the appeal, Nandlall, on behalf of his client, said that the learned Chief Justice misconstrued and misinterpreted the role of the Leader of the Opposition in Article 161 (2) of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and as such, was asking the court to overturn the High Court ruling.
SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-10-05 05:31:20Reviewed Item Gothi Creations Royal Blue, Dark Pink, Tango Pink & Ivory Pack of 4 Baby Girl Children Headband hair bandRating 4.7 / 5 stars, based on 20 reviews Posted on October 5, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories HeadbandsTags Ranagebow I just recieved all the colours i asked for, great communication from supplier and the hair bands are cute, a little stiff & loose on 0-3 baby but fits perfectly on 6+ months, thank you gothi creations. Buy this item for my little angel. Pretty and delicate with soft band. Larger than appears online though. Will wait until my baby is older to wear as looks very sweet. Key specs for Gothi Creations Royal Blue, Dark Pink, Tango Pink & Ivory Pack of 4 Baby Girl Children Headband hair band:Pack of 4 Headband/ hair band 4 ColoursSize:One Size ( Recommend to 6 Months to 10 Years )Special Accessory for your Child Perfect for Photo shoots or for any Special OccasionsBaby and Girl Chiffon Headband, Hairband is with one Rose and Pearls and little Satin BowPackage Content: 4 X Flower Elastic Headband Royal Blue/ Dark Blue, Ivory, Dark Pink / Hot Pink, Tango PinkComments from buyers“Ok but not great , Arrived quickly and, while large and a bit gaudy , My little granddaughter looked lovely in these. They are “ Arrived quickly and, while large and a bit gaudy when handled and inspected, made my daughter match her brothers for a wedding without the expense of s whole new outfit. I received all the same style in different colors but it seems some can be different styles as well as colours. Bought these as a gift for my niece who is only a few months old. I think the fact that i’ve never seen her wear them is hint enough that they were not well received (you live and learn). My own opinion of them is that they look a bit cheap. Personally i’m not into these type of things so that could be clouding my judgement but the baby mama loves this stuff. Great service ,express delivery and beautiful products very pleased. The dark pink one’ s stitching was loose. It fell apart and had to be repaired strait after trying it on but all others were ok. Could not of asked for better quality in better time. These headbands are beautiful. They look lovely on my daughter :)i wasn’t sure initially because as she is only 3 months old i thought the elastic may have been a little tight or hard and leave marks but i thought id try them out because i have had trouble finding headbands in her size (and they were so reasonably priced)the elastic is so soft and stretchy, and the products look just as good as the pictures do. I had an enquiry so therefore had to contact the seller whom i found to be very helpful and the enquiry was dealt with immediately5 star product5 star sellervery happy mum. Very pretty and well made, quick delivery. Not the best quality (random spots of glue there and there). I guess you can’t expect better for a price. My little granddaughter looked lovely in these. They are very light and do not squeeze their little heads at all. Lovely for photos or to brighten up a baby dress/outfit for a special occasion. I needed something for my 4 years old daughter for christmas but not too expensive as she doesn’t like wearing headbands. For that price and 4 of them we can use on different occasions i am happy with them. But it’s definitely slightly too big for my 2 months old baby. The fan arrive quickly, it was as described and good quality.