Chastanet: Case could go to Privy Council

The Privy Council may be the next stop for Castries South East MP, Guy Joseph, after the Court of Appeal dismissed his case to have Attorney at Law, Anthony Astaphan, restrained from representing the Constituency Boundaries Commission.

Joseph had complained, among other things, that Astaphan had a close relationship with Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony and the Chairman of the Commission.

United Workers Party (UWP) leader, Allen Chastanet, has disclosed that the judgement of the court is being perused to determine whether the matter will be brought before the Privy Council.

“Guy Joseph felt, and rightly so, that Anthony Astaphan is a political hack which does not reflect the need for the Boundaries Commission to be independent and autonomous,” Chastanet told reporters.

He asserted that it would be “interesting” to see whether the matter ends up before the Privy Council.

The UWP leader explained that it was very important to establish principle before the hearing of Guy Joseph’s substantive challenge to the legality of the Boundaries Commission report.

Joseph, who filed the case in February 2015, claims that the commission had been improperly influenced by the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party.

He also claimed the commission did not consult properly in recommending that constituencies be increased from 17 to 21, with changes to some including his.

The commission’s report was laid in the House of Assembly by the Prime Minister and was approved by the members of the House of Assembly.

“We are dealing with a constitutional matter and the opposition is financing this case by itself with no support mechanism from the government to deal with this, and for the courts to further penalize the opposition in trying to have a discussion on a constitutional matter concerns me,” UWP leader, Allen Chastanet, said.

He also expressed concern that the judicial system seems to be reluctant to recognize the role it is playing in the democracy of the Caribbean.