The Court of Appeal has dismissed the United National Congress (UNC) election petitions.
Chief Justice Ivor Archie, sitting with Appellate Judges Allan Mendonca and Peter Jamadar, gave the decision just after 3 pm.
The court completed hearing submissions in the case shortly after 1 pm today following which the judges stood down for two hours.
Explaining the reason for the speedy outcome in the case, Archie said that the Constitution requires that election petitions be dealt with expeditiously.
The Court of Appeal has begun hearing of the arguments in the appeal of the United National Congress to challenge the legality of the 2015 general election.
The Appeal Court panel comprises Chief Justice Ivor Archie and Justices of Appeal Mendonca and Jamadar.
The matter is being described as one of great public and constitutional importance as it will determine whether the election held on September 7th, 2015 was an election in accordance with the law and the constitution.
The Court of Appeal has validated the election results of the La Horquetta/Talparo constituency, which was won by the People's National Movement's Maxie Cuffie.
Cuffie, who is now the Minister of Communications, has issued the following statement on the matter:
"I am gratified that today, the Court of Appeal, confirmed that my election as Member of Parliament for La Horquetta/Talparo was validly won. Today’s decision means that the appointment of the People’s National Movement on September 7, as the duly elected Government, can also no longer be legally challenged.
The Appeal Court has ruled in favour of the UNC Election Petition case continuing.
The ruling was handed down as short whole ago, with two judges ruling in favour and one judge ruling against. [SEE VIDEO BELOW]
Chief Justice Ivor Archie ruled against but Justices Peter Jamadar and Allan Mendonca ruled for.
The UNC are challenging the decision by the Election and Boundaries Commission to extend voting by an hour on election day, a decision the EBC said it made as a result of the torrential rain.