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.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the United National Congress has been vindicated by the ruling of the High Court on the UNC election petition.
The High Court dismissed the petition but upheld that the Elections and Boundaries Commission broke the law by extending the time of the election by one hour.
The following is the statement by the Opposition Leader:
"We are pleased that the Honourable Madame Justice Mira Dean-Armorer today upheld our submission that the Election and Boundaries Commission acted unlawfully when they extended the voting hours.
Justice Mira Dean-Armorer will today rule on the United National Congress’ (UNC) election petition matter.
The ruling will be delivered at 2 pm at the Hall of Justice.
The UNC has asked the High Court to declare the September 7th, 2015 results in the constituencies of Toco/Sangre Grande, Tunapuna, St Joseph, San Fernando West, and Moruga/Tableland null and void because of what, it says, was an illegal decision by the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) to grant an additional hour for voting in Trinidad due to bad weather.
A decision on the five election petitions filed by the opposition unc will be delivered on August 19th.
The petitions were filed by the Opposition challenging the decision by the EBC to extend voting by an hour on September 7th last year.
Initially, six petitions had been filed however the petition for Tunapuna was dismissed after it was ruled that the Tunapuna petition was filed late.