From Ravi Balgobin Maharaj
It is with a great sigh of relief that I received the Judgement of the Privy Council this morning that reiterates my opinion that the PNM’s decision to postpone the Local Government Election by at least one year is WHOLLY ILLEGAL and UNCONSTITUTIONAL!
I was disappointed that I lost this matter in the High Court and Court of Appeal but am happy that the Privy Council has given judgment in my favour. This judgment has reinforced my confidence in the Privy Council as our final court. It continues to demonstrate not only its Independence but its commitment to upholding the Principles of our Constitution and protecting our Citizens from any action the PNM takes to infringe upon them!
The PNM has reduced our beloved country to a failed state where Dr Rowley’s arrogance is matched by Al Rawi’s incompetence as they continue to legally bungle and fumble while they hire the best lawyers that money can buy from the PNM’s family to defend their ILLEGAL ACTIVITY.
This judgment shows exactly why it is important for ordinary citizens such as myself should challenge each and every decision they make, as they have shown time and time again that they are only committed to serving their own agenda rather than the needs of the people who elected them to the Government.
Of course, this latest legal defeat only further inflates the LEGAL BILL currently being paid by the taxpayers, as it will be added to the $1.2 BILLION accrued by the PNM since 2015.
This all being said, I would like to thank and congratulate the legal team led by the unassailable legal luminary MR ANAND RAMLOGAN SC, for this landmark victory, which is the first of its kind in the Commonwealth. Never before has a case pleading for the Right to Vote in a Local Election ever been victorious in a court of law, and this victory will surely be used in further matters of the like in the future.
I would also like to single out and thank Senator Jayanti Lutchmedial for her contribution to the hearing; Councillor Chris Hosein and Dr Allen Sammy who provided affidavits to aid in my case; and of course, Mrs Kamla Persad Bissessar who provided critical support to the legal team and all my legal battles against the government over the past eight years. Mrs Persad Bissessar shares in my passion for protecting the citizens of this country against the PNM government and I am grateful for her continued advice and encouragement over the years.
I, of course, thank everyone who has contacted me to show support throughout the trial, even after the rulings of the local courts, as they understand that this victory isn’t for me or any political party, but is a victory for the democratic process of everyone who holds a franchise in this country.
Last but certainly not least I would like to thank my lovely wife, Nandita, who continues to stand by me in my crusades and who provides the love, comfort and support necessary to get through these types of lengthy legal battles. And I would like to thank God, who continues to earn his keep as a Citizen of this Country, and who remains ever committed to assisting me to protect the poor and destitute of this country who might are not able to defend themselves!
Thank you all and God Bless!
Ravi Balgobin Maharaj
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