The final voters’ list for the upcoming Public Service Association (PSA) elections is yet to receive a stamp of approval.
The list published by the association’s elections committee on Tuesday was analysed during a virtual hearing of the case before Justice Nadia Kangaloo, yesterday afternoon.
Guardian Media understands that several issues with the list were raised once again.
The parties are expected to reappear before Kangaloo next Monday after an updated list is published.
Provided that the parties agree that the list passes the criteria previously defined by Kangaloo, the election, which was initially scheduled to take place on Monday, would go ahead on December 14.
If there is no agreement, the election may be postponed once again as Kangaloo resolves the issues.
In the lawsuit, Solomon Gabriel and his Team Fixers slate were claiming that an injunction they obtained stopping the election in November 2017 still stands as the union’s General Council and elections committee never met the requirements for its discharge.
In the substantive case, the group contended that the list of voters was fundamentally flawed due to a decision taken by the union’s General Council to allow PSA members with union dues arrears to be allowed to vote if they cleared their arrears.
At the time the initial lawsuit was brought and an injunction granted by Kangaloo almost 300 of the union’s 14,000 members, reportedly made use of the allowance.
In February 2018, Kangaloo ordered the committee to sanitise the list and set a new date for elections after she found multiple irregularities on it.
Last year, the team brought contempt proceedings in which they claimed that the committee breached Kangaloo’s order by deciding to scrap their original list and by stating that the election should be held in November, this year.
The decision effectively gave controversial incumbent PSA president Watson Duke almost a full third term in office without being elected by the union’s membership.
Gabriel’s group also filed separate proceedings in which his slate challenged the actions of the union’s General Council, which disbanded the elections committee after it made the decision on postponing the elections. The council is chaired by Duke.
Gabriel is being represented by Lemuel Murphy and Stacy Mc Sween.