UWP formally withdraws election petitions from the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court

first_imgGoefrey Letang. Photo credit: Dominica Central Newspaper.The two election petitions which were brought against five candidates of the Dominica Labour Party have been formerly withdrawn from the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.Lack of access to the state media and bribery were among matters brought before the court following the 2009 general elections but these matters were struck off.The petitions were appealed and expected to be heard at the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court on Monday.Lawyer representing the United Workers Party Jeffery Letang said the appeal would not have been successful.“When you look at the constitution which provides for appeal, it does not provide for appeal as it relates to election petition matters. The constitution provides that if you have to appeal a decision from the high court, an election petition matter, that decision should be a final one. We are of the view that the applications that were heard before Justice Errol Thomas when he allowed that the dual citizenship to proceed and the others were struck off, it was not a final decision of the court of appeal, and so it does not fall within the ambit of the Constitution which provides for an appeal hence therefore it was necessary to withdraw the appeal,” he said.Click here for audio: Letang dismissed suggestions that there was insufficient evidence to successfully prosecute the appeal, “but because we were barred by the constitution,” he said.Dominica Vibes News 29 Views   no discussions Share Share LocalNews UWP formally withdraws election petitions from the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court by: – April 11, 2011center_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Disastrous France friendly leaves two injured in shocking defensive display

first_imgFrance were almost embarrassed by Spartak Moscow’s under-19s in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Sunday in a match that saw two of Didier Deschamps’ men limp off and raised a host of questions about their defensive depth.Olivier Giroud, Nabil Fekir and Blaise Matuidi all scored in a 3-2 win for a ‘B’ side but the performances of back-up defenders Benjamin Mendy and Presnel Kimpembe were a huge concern as wingers Fekir and Florian Thauvin suffered knocks. The game was designed to give unused players match action but quickly descended into farce, with a mistake by Djibril Sidibe, who was also caught out in the warm-up game against the US, punished as Spartak’s youth team took the lead on nine minutes.Goals from Giroud and Fekir turned the game on its head but errors by Mendy and Kimpembe combined to let the young Russians in again to equalise.After the break Fekir missed from inside the six-yard box against France third-choice Alphonse Areola, in goal for Spartak, before limping off with a foot injury.Moments later Thauvin was forced off with a knock to his knee, leaving Deschamps red-faced as the players he may need off the bench against Peru on Thursday fell apart in their chance to challenge for a starting spot. Presnel Kimpembe was one of many French defenders criticised for their performance against Spartak’s youth team Giroud, playing once again with a bandaged head, scored France’s first goal 2 It was France’s three goalscorers in the friendly who came off the bench in their opening World Cup game against Australia the day before, all entering the game with the score locked at 1-1 before Giroud assisted Paul Pogba for the winning goal.Fekir and Thauvin’s fitness will be a concern for Deschamps but there was no indication either would be unavailable the Peru match in Yekaterinburg. 2last_img read more