Africa-Press – Mauritius. The Supreme Court has today delivered its judgement in the case lodged by unreturned candidate Suren Dayal at the last general elections in Constituency No. 8.
The petition called for the invalidation of the election of the Prime Minister and leader of the MSM, Pravind Jugnauth, and his two running mates, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun and former Minister of Commerce Yogida Sawmynaden, in Quartier-Militaire/Moka.
Unlike other electoral petitions lodged by a number of unreturned candidates in different constituencies, which were grounded on objections relating to, amongst others, the “glaring and unexplained discrepancies in the Recapitulation of Votes form that are on record and point to prima facie to mistakes in the counting process”, as noted by Justices Aruna Narain and Denis Mootoo in the case Adebiro O.J. v Collendavelloo I. L. & Ors, and the opacity surrounding the operation of Computer Rooms at Counting Centres, the main arguments put forward by Suren Dayal relate to alleged electoral bribery/corruption or the undue influence of electors in No8.
The five main grounds of the petition against the election of the three candidates in Constituency No. 8 included the promise of a substantial upward revision of the retirement pension to Rs 9,000 in January 2020, contrary to what was stated in the 2019-2020 Budget Speech which referred an increase of Rs 500, the accelerated implementation of the Pay Research Bureau report in favour of public sector employees as from January 2020, the promise to pay more than Rs 3 billion to holders of the Super Cash Back Gold plan and those of Bramer Asset Management Ltd, the announcement of the payment of a performance bonus to police officers, fire-fighters and prison officers.