Money issues hampering UWP litigation

The opposition United Workers Party (UWP) is hampered in the pursuit of litigation against the government, by a lack of funds.

UWP leader, Allen Chastanet made the assertion, while indicating that the only way his party can hold the current administration accountable is through the courts.

However the UWP leader observed that such action requires funds.

He spoke after the Court of Appeal on April 6, 2016, dismissed an application by opposition MP, Guy Joseph, in which he sought to have Attorney at Law, Dominican Anthony Astaphan, restrained from representing the Constituency Boundaries Commission.

The Court of Appeal also ordered Joseph to pay costs.

Joseph still has a case outstanding.

In that legal matter the Castries South East MP is challenging a Constituency Boundaries Commission report recommending an increase of constituencies from 17 to 21 and changes to some constituencies.

His claim is that the Commission had not acted independently and was improperly influenced by the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).

UWP leader Allen Chastanet disclosed that his party would love to take the current administration to court over the issue of guarantees, but explained that it was a matter of resources.

“Already now in the boundaries commission case the government has us involved with the constituency case. We have won it in the high court and again now we are waiting for the appeal court to give the decision on that case,” Chastanet said.

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