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Postponement Of Municipal Elections: MMM Requests That Its Challenge Be Dealt With As A Matter Of Urgency

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The case was called before the Supreme Court this morning. The MMM, which was represented by Me Veda Baloomoody, tabled a motion calling for the case to be treated as a matter of urgency. The parties involved in the case are due to submit demands of particulars on 27 July. There are three other constitutional complaints on the same subject, in addition to an application for Judicial Review.

Nando Bodha appeals to the Privy Council

In the context of the postponement of the municipal elections and following the Court’s refusal of an application for judicial review, the leader of the Rassemblement Mauricien (RM), Nanodo Bodha, has referred the matter to the King’s Privy Council. Claiming that democracy had been violated, he pointed out that he had asked for the case to be heard as a matter of urgency. Me Kailash Trilochurn declared that the Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth, had not only violated Article 1 of the Constitution but had also altered its definition by postponing the municipal elections. “This legal battle is for the Mauritian people”, he asserted. It should be noted that the RM had appealed to the Supreme Court on Friday June 16 to challenge the postponement of the municipal elections. Through a judicial review, RM leader Nando Bodha had asked the court to declare the recent amendments to the Local Government Act “illegal and immoral”.

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