GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Acting Chief Justice, Roxanne George- Wiltshire Thursday rule that anyone who holds dual citizenship as envisaged by Article 155 of the Guyana Constitution “should not and could not be” a member of the Guyana Parliament.
Justice George-Wiltshire is delivering her ruling in the three matters regarding the validity of the December 21, 2018 successful opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) motion of no confidence that resulted in the downfall of the David Granger led coalition government.
She had earlier this month heard the arguments in the cases “Compton Reid vs The Attorney General, Persaud and The Speaker of the National Assembly; Christopher Ram vs The Attorney General and Speaker of the National Assembly and the Attorney General vs The Speaker of the National Assembly and the Opposition Leader.
The matters arose after the then government back bencher, Charrandass Persaud, who holds both Guyana and Canadian citizenship voted with the PPP in the 65-member National Assembly where the coalition government had previously enjoyed a slender one seat majority.
“I therefore hold that anyone who holds dual citizenship as envisaged by Article 155 and therefore falls into this category…should not and cannot be a Member of Parliament. As such the declaration sought in terms of paragraph one and two of the request for leave are granted.
“Therefore I hold and therefore declare that the second respondent is not qualified for election as a member of the National Assembly by virtue of his own act and acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience and adherence to a foreign power to wit, the sovereign state of Canada in contravention of . . . the Constitution of Guyana,” she ruled.
“It is also declared the second respondent was on the seventh of April 2015 disqualified from being nominated as a member for the National Assembly of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana,” the Acting Chief Justice said.