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Date soon to be set for residential term limit case at CCJ

The Caribbean Court of Justice will soon be setting dates to hear the Guyana Government’s appeal on the constitutionality of presidential term limits in the country.

Former Chief Justice (ag) Ian Chang had ruled that the two-term presidential limit was unconstitutional – allowing for Presidents of Guyana to serve more than two two terms in Executive Office.

The APNU+AFC administration had filed an appeal against this ruling at the Court of Appeal which upheld Justice Chang’s ruling.

As such, the Government took the matter to the CCJ.

The appeal was filed by Attorney General Basil Williams and former Speaker of the National Assembly Raphael Trotman.

The CCJ will hold a case management conference on February 6, 2018 at which the dates will be set after the court would have consulted with attorneys on both sides, in order to to determine their availability.

The initial matter was filed by a private citizen named Cedrick Richardson months before the 2015 general election.

On July 9, 2015, Justice Chang ruled that the presidential term-limit was unconstitutional without the approval of the people through a referendum.

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