Antigua St. john's - The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) has asked a High Court judge to view recent comments made by United Progressive Party (UPP) Senator Dr Edmond Mansoor as grounds for a triable case.
The ABLP took the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) to court in a effort to halt the current mass re-registration exercise.
Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan, who appeared in the matter on behalf of Opposition Leader Gaston Browne and ABLP stalwart Lionel "Max" Hurst, in his request for an injunction asked that the court take recent comments made by Dr Mansoor into account.
During a radio interview, Telecoms Minister questioned whether the exercise was designed to disenfranchise voters.
Astaphan told the court that based on the minister's comments, the ABLP case has been strengthened.
The attorney asked that the judge stop the re-registration process until a determination could be made on the constitutionality of the exercise.
The ABLP has said that the constitution does not provide for ABEC to remove individuals from an existing voter's list and ask them to re-register under new terms and conditions.
The electoral law was amended in 2010, and anyone who is not Antiguan & Barbudan by birth must now have been resident in the country for seven unbroken years to be eligible to vote in an election.
Under the previous law, Commonwealth citizens could vote after living here for only three years.
Astaphan argued that the law is being applied retroactively, which should not be done.
Responding to the claimant's attorney, ABEC's legal defender, Russell Martineau, said if an injunction is granted, it could cause considerable damage to the electoral process if the court rules against the ABLP.
Justice Brian Cottle has promised to return with his decision within a few days after carefully going through the legal arguments that were made yesterday.
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