CCJ’s instructions defied and authority undermined

first_imgDear Editor,Failure to carry out the directives of the CCJ undermines the authority and legitimacy of the court. While not agreeing with the court’s decision or ruling, one should not attack the court. It should be recalled that a year ago, the court ruled that a President cannot run for a third term. The court was not attacked; the ruling was respected. Now the court has ruled that a no constitution vote is valid and was successfully passed on December 21. The ruling should be respected. No disputants in the case should attack the court or stand defiant as such behavior hurt’s the court’s status.After ruling on June 18 that the government had fallen on December 21 and the appointment of James Patterson as Chair was unconstitutional, the court directed the parties to meet and reach a consensus on orders for the court to issue on June 24. The parties could not even meet much less discuss and reach any consensus on a way forward. Now the court will issue orders after asking the parties to make written submission on a way forward. As the highest court of Guyana, while the CCJ is empowered to effect judicial orders, the problem is it has no instruments or any infrastructure to enforce these orders. Those who are obstinate could have serious sanctions, even arrest.The remit of the court is to interpret the laws (constitution) and hand down rulings. It is for the government to enforce the laws through its police power. While the government stated that it respects the court’s rulings, it cannot prepare budget or engage in new undertakings.The court ruled that the chairman, James Patterson, of the elections commission (Gecom) was improperly appointed. His resignation is welcomed. But it should have happened within hours after the court’s ruling and not a week later after a complaint was lodged with the court.The court instructed the opposing parties to meet and try to reach a consensus on consequential orders for the appointment of a new Gecom Chair and a date for elections and to advise the court of their agreement on June 24. President Granger wrote the opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo inviting him for a discussion on the issues but only after the 24th. Thus, there was no way for a consensus agreement by the time the court convened on June 24. Mr. Doug Mendez, the opposition lawyer, said he penned a proposal for an order and sent to Gecom lawyer on June 21 but got not response.The court has re-directed the opposing sides to submit written proposals for consequential orders by July 1 and will issue orders on July 12. The court also instructs them to meet and reach a consensus on a way forward by July 12.I urge both sides to please meet and carry out the instruction of the court – reach a consensus on appointment of a Gecom Chair and a date for elections to help bring stability to the country.Yours truly,Dr. Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Live updates: Raiders beat Browns in OT thriller

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device. Get live updates, news and analysis Sunday afternoon as the Raiders look for their first win this season as Baker Mayfield and the Browns come to town.The Heisman Trophy winner Mayfield will make his first NFL start after coming off the bench to lead the Browns to their first victory in 635 days — a 21-17 victory over the Jets last Thursday.The Browns’ winning drought has nothing on Raiders coach Jon …last_img read more

Five takeaways from Raiders OTAs

first_imgFive takeaways from the first Week of Raiders organized team activities (which included one day of media access):1. Darren Waller gets his shotThe Raiders’ biggest offseason loss was tight end Jared Cook, who signed with the New Orleans Saints in free agency. Cook caught 68 passes, tying Jalen Richard for the club lead, and led the Raiders with 896 receiving yards. Yet the Raiders made almost no effort to bring back Cook at age 32.Waller, 26, was a waiver claim last Nov. 27 season from the …last_img read more

Gallery: Brand South Africa in Davos

first_imgBrand South Africa had a strong and vibrant presence at the 40th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in late January 2010, with a particular focus on the 2010 Fifa World Cup. In this gallery we bring you the highlights.Click on a thumbnail for a larger image.For high-resolution images, visit the World Economic Forum online. A view of Davos, Switzerland, looking towards the congress centre on Tuesday 26 January, a day before the official opening of the 40th Annual Meeting 2010 of the World Economic Forum.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic ForumThe congress centre in Davos a day before the official opening of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2010.Photo: Monika Flueckiger, World Economic Forum A Brand South Africa billboard inside the airport in Zurich, Switzerland, before the opening of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos. South African President Jacob Zuma performs his signature dance during the session A Conversation on the Future of Africa at the Congress Centre in Davos on Thursday 28 January.Photo: Monika Flueckiger, World Economic ForumZuma and Tunisian Donald Kaberuka, president of the African Development Bank, during the session A Conversation on the Future of Africa on Thursday 28 January.Photo: Monika Flueckiger, World Economic Forum Zuma during the session A Conversation on the Future of Africa on Thursday 28 January.Photos: Monika Flueckiger, World Economic Forum From left, South African Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel with Maurice Levy and Paul Polman before the session Redesigning Consumption Patterns at the Congress Centre in Davos on Thursday 28 January.Photo: Sebastian Derungs, World Economic ForumManuel during the session Redesigning Consumption Patterns on Thursday 28 January.Photo: Sebastian Derungs, World Economic Forum President Jacob Zuma flanked by veteran South African footballers and World Cup ambassadors Mark Fish (left) and Lucas Radebe at the Opening Media Lunch World Cup 2010 – Before the Kickoff at the Central Sport Hotel in Davos on Wednesday 27 January. To their left is 2010 Fifa World Cup mascot Zakumi.Photos: Michael Wuertenberg, World Economic Forum Zuma speaking at the Opening Media Lunch World Cup 2010 – Before the Kickoff on Wednesday 27 January.Photos: Michael Wuertenberg, World Economic Forum World Economic Forum Annual Meeting delegates wearing bright Brand South Africa scarves, in the colours of the South African flag.Photos: Remy Steinegger, World Economic Forum South African President Jacob Zuma during the session Global Governance Redesigned at the Congress Centre in Davos on 28 January.Photo: Sebastian Derungs, World Economic ForumKuseni Dlamini (second from left), CEO of Old Mutual South Africa, and Russell Loubser, CEO of South Africa’s JSE Securities Exchange, during the session Rethinking Africa’s Growth Strategy at the Congress Centre in Davos, Switzerland on 28 January.Photo: Remy Steinegger, World Economic ForumBRAND SOUTH AFRICA IN DAVOSPART 1PART 2 PART 3THE CAMPAIGN MORE GALLERIESlast_img read more