The multi-denominational Christian Council is appealing to Vincentians to “exercise calm, and a sense of right judgement” after the ruling is handed down tomorrow in the election petitions case.
“We appeal to Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves and the Leader of the Opposition, Dr. the Honourable Godwin Friday and all parliamentarians to take all reasonable steps to influence supporters and members of the public to remain calm and peaceful at all times, to respect the judgement, and to promote tolerance, goodwill and harmony,” the council said Wednesday in a press statement.
“Let us continue to pray for our nation, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, that through submission to the reign of God, we may assume those responsibilities which make for the good and well-being of all Vincentians and the raising up of leaders who would practice justice and integrity in the land. Such, we pray, would serve faithfully in our generation and honour God’s holy name,” the Christian counsel said.
The main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) has filed two petitions challenging the outcome of the vote in two constituencies in the December 2015 general elections.
Electoral officials say that the Unity Labour Party was returned to a fourth consecutive term in office by winning eight of the 15 parliamentary seats.
The NDP is, however, challenging the results in North Windward and Central Leeward, two of the seats in which the ULP is declared to be the winner.
Both the petitioners and the respondents have indicated that they would appeal if the court does not rule in their favour.
Acting High Court judge, Justice Stanley John will hand down his ruling at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the High Court building in Kingstown.