The Court of Appeal has begun hearing of the arguments in the appeal of the United National Congress to challenge the legality of the 2015 general election.
The Appeal Court panel comprises Chief Justice Ivor Archie and Justices of Appeal Mendonca and Jamadar.
The matter is being described as one of great public and constitutional importance as it will determine whether the election held on September 7th, 2015 was an election in accordance with the law and the constitution.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the United National Congress has been vindicated by the ruling of the High Court on the UNC election petition.
The High Court dismissed the petition but upheld that the Elections and Boundaries Commission broke the law by extending the time of the election by one hour.
The following is the statement by the Opposition Leader:
"We are pleased that the Honourable Madame Justice Mira Dean-Armorer today upheld our submission that the Election and Boundaries Commission acted unlawfully when they extended the voting hours.
High Court Judge Justice Mira Dean-Armorer has dismissed the United National Congress’ (UNC) election petition matters.
The ruling was delivered just before 3pm at the Hall of Justice.
The decision means that the results of the 2015 elections stand.
On making her ruling, Justice Dean-Amourer ruled that the EBC had indeed acted illegally in extending the polls, but says it was not enough to invalidate the results.
Justice Mira Dean-Armorer will today rule on the United National Congress’ (UNC) election petition matter.
The ruling will be delivered at 2 pm at the Hall of Justice.
The UNC has asked the High Court to declare the September 7th, 2015 results in the constituencies of Toco/Sangre Grande, Tunapuna, St Joseph, San Fernando West, and Moruga/Tableland null and void because of what, it says, was an illegal decision by the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) to grant an additional hour for voting in Trinidad due to bad weather.
Former UNC National Security, Gary Griffith says the UNC is playing "petty politics" with national security, that only has the effect of allowing criminals held with guns, to repeat crimes.
Griffith issued a statement on the matter, after the Bail Bill, which had a sunset clause, expired without renewal, for lack of Opposition support.
The following is Griffith's statement.
The United National Congress will launch its Local Government campaign this coming Friday, the same day that a ruling on its election petitions is expected.
Justice Mira Dean Amourer is expected to deliver her judgement on the five election petitions before her, as presented by the Opposition UNC, those challenging the legitimacy of the EBC’s actions in extending the voting hours during the September 7th general election.