Friday 15 December, 2017

Legal action filed against COP leader over leadership election

Legal action has been filed in the High Court against Congress of the People (COP) leader Dr Anirudh Mohammed and General Secretary Clyde Weatherhead in relation to the party’s 2017 election for political leader.  

The law suit seeks to remove one candidate, Nicole Dyer-Griffith from the election which was rescheduled to August 20 over previous threats of legal action by Kirt Francis, a former Executive Officer of the COP. 

Attorneys acting on behalf of Mahabir and Weatherhead, have written rejecting demands made in the legal proceedings by Francis to prevent Dyer-Griffith and 34 other members from voting in the election and to prevent her from being a candidate and having the election with only two candidates, Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan and Dr. Sharon Gopaul-McNicol. 

The attorneys for Dr. Mahabir and Weatherhead in refusing to agree to those demands also began advancing arguments in opposition to Francis’ threat to seek injunctions to prevent the election from proceeding as decided by a General Membership Meeting of COP member on July 23, which was part of an agreement with Francis arising out of his first pre-action protocol letter which caused the postponement of the July 9 polling day.