There was celebration in the streets of the Vincentian capital Kingstown Friday after a High Court ruled that an opposition challenge to the December 2015 election results could proceed to trial.

Judge Esco Henry also rejected an application by the ruling party to throw out the petitions.

The Unity Labour Party led by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves won the election by a thin margin of 8-7.

However, the NDP has maintained that it won the election and was cheated in two constituencies.

The Leader of the Opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), Goodwin Friday, said it was a victory for democracy in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

“Today’s judgment is a win for all Vincentians. It is a judgment in favour of democracy and the spirit of the people,” Friday said.

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said the ruling party would await the court’s written judgment to decide on the way forward.

“This is just another judicial moment in an ongoing legal battle, in all of this the people must remember there was a government that was duly elected,” Gonsalves was quoted as saying.


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