Opposition cannot cut budget; ERC to get back money- Chief Justice

Opposition cannot cut budget; ERC to get back money- Chief Justice

The High Court on Wednesday preliminarily ruled that the combined opposition’s budget cuts are illegal only that the Ethnic Relations Commission could have its GUY$$99.4 million restored because it is a constitutional body that draws directly on the Consolidated Fund.

“In order to enable that constitutional entity and its secretariat to perform its constitutional functions, the court orders the Ministry of Finance to allow all expenditures necessary from time to time for the maintenance of that entity and for the performance of its constitutional function to be charged directly from the Consolidated Fund (as mandated by the Constitution) until the National Assembly determines a lump sum by way of a subvention to meet such expenditure,” Chief Justice Ian Chang said in his 34-page judgment.           

He noted that the National Assembly apparently had not fixed a lump sum based on a review of the ERC’s annual budget.

Chang, however, noted that the matter brought by Attorney General, is merely in its preliminary stage and his views at this juncture are not final.  [ more ]

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