In a decision, handed down in the Court in Charlestown, Nevis, on Monday morning, (27th August, 2012), the Appeals Court of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, ruled in favour of Mr. Amory, agreeing with his claim that the composition of the Commission was designed with some level of bias and as such should not be allowed in its present form.
Amory, in his early challenge, had indicated that there was bias on the part of the Commissioner, QC Thomas Sharpe and other members of the Commission.
However, Amory’s first challenge in the High Court was dismissed by the presiding Judge, Justice Ianthea Leigertwood Octave who said there were no grounds to suggest that there was any bias.
That decision was however appealed by Mr. Amory.
Amory therefore took his matter to the highest court, and finally his appeal prevailed on Monday, giving the decision that would now mean that the ruling NRP would have to either appoint a new Commissioner or discontinue entirely with the process.
The decision was met with jubilation by supporters and members of the opposition CCM.