(This story was updated to include the details of the order of the court)
The opposition New Democratic Party’s election petitions have been reinstated.
The Court of Appeal, sitting in St. Lucia on Tuesday made the decision, citing apparent bias of the trial judge, Justice Brian Cottle.
The NDP is challenging the results of the Dec. 9, 2015, general elections in Central Leeward and North Windward.
The NDP is asking the court to declare them the winner of the elections in the contested districts or to order fresh elections there.
Justice Cottle had initially thrown out the petitions as improperly filed, but the NDP appealed that decision.
After some delay, the appeal was heard in St. Lucia on Tuesday and the Court of Appeal has reinstated the petitions.
The Court of Appeal has ordered that the order to strike out petitions be set aside, that the hearing of petitions and motions to strike be remitted to the High Court to be heard by a different judge expeditiously.
The court also awarded costs to the appellants in the lower court and in the Court of Appeal.
Electoral officials say that the ruling Unity Labour Party won eight of the 15 parliamentary seats while the remaining seven went to the NDP — in a repeat of the 2010 election results.
On account of those results, the ULP is more than a year into its fourth consecutive term in office.
This is a developing story and iWitness News will update you on the full ruling and its implications in a subsequent story.