Guyanese woman battles for rights to vote in Barbados elections

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Lawyers for Guyana-born Shireene Ann Mathlin-Tulloch, of #2 Castlerock, Cane Garden, St Thomas, filed an application in the Supreme Court today challenging Taylor’s decision to refuse to register their client as an elector in Barbados.

According to the court documents, Mathlin-Tulloch is a Commonwealth citizen who has been living and working in Barbados legally for the past 16 years.

Through her attorney-at-law Wilfred Abrahams, the 49-year-old woman wants the court to declare that she satisfies the conditions entitling her to register as an elector as stipulated under Section 7 of the Representation of the People Act, Cap 12 of the Laws of Barbados.

Contending that she possesses a Barbados national identification card issued by the local Electoral and Boundaries Commission, the applicant also wants the court to issue an order of certiorari to quash the decision of the Chief Electoral Officer to refuse her as an elector.

The High Court is also being asked to order the top electoral official to register the applicant and grant an injunction restraining the Government department from refusing to register persons as electors other than in accordance with the same Act.

Mathlin-Tulloch is also asking for costs and “such further and/or other relief as may be deemed fit” by the court.

Elections are constitutionally due here by the middle of next year.

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