Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson stepped in this afternoon and issued a court order after a group of about 20 Commonwealth citizens were turned away from voting in the St James South constituency.
Based on Sir Marston’s order, members of the group, who were represented by Sir Elliott Mottley, QC, were eventually allowed to cast their ballots around 8 p.m., which is two hours after the official closure of the polls.
In immediate reaction, St James South incumbent Donville Inniss and his main rival, Sandra Husbands of the Barbados Labour Party, welcomed the judgment, with Inniss also describing the development as a bit embarrassing.
This is in light of two recent court rulings that went against the Electoral and Boundaries Commission on the matter of participation of Commonwealth citizens in the May 24 poll.
St Lucian professor Eddie Ventose had brought the initial challenge over his non inclusion on the voters’ list. This challenge went all the way to the Caribbean Court of Justice, which is the island’s final court of appeal, before it was resolved.
And just last week, another 13 Commonwealth citizens were given the all clear by the court to vote here.