High Court asked to reverse Presidential two-term limit

The Constitutional challenge was filed yesterday by Attorneys-at-Law Emily Dodson and Shawn Allicock on behalf of one Cedric Richardson.

Confirming the court case, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, last evening said that he was named one of the respondents.

He said that the application by Richardson was seeking an interpretation of the provisions in the Constitution.
In 2000, the Guyana Constitution Reform Commission recommended a maximum of two terms in office for a President.
The laws of Guyana were changed in 2001, and assented by former President Bharrat Jagdeo himself, making it clear that “A person elected as President after the year 2000 is eligible for re-election only once.”

After serving two consecutive terms, and stepping down amidst pressure in 2011 following general elections, there has been calls by persons believed aligned to Jagdeo for a third term, a possibility that has been shot down by legal analysts and the Opposition who insisted that the laws are very clear…after two terms you are out.

With his five-year term shortened by two years, President Donald Ramotar has already been named by the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP) as its Presidential Candidate at the upcoming elections on May 11.

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