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Barbados: Court says ban on public officers in politics inconsistent with constitutional rights


By Fernella Wedderburn and Emmanuel Joseph (Barbados Today) A High Court judge has struck down a regulation that prohibited all public servants from actively participating in politics, ruling it unconstitutional.

Justice Westmin James said on Tuesday that General Order 3.18.1 is also “inconsistent” with the rights to freedom of expression and association which are enshrined in the Constitution of Barbados.

“The regulation is overly broad, disproportionate and cannot be reasonably justified in a free and democratic society,” he added.

In an immediate reaction, Attorney General Dale Marshall told Barbados TODAY that when he is able to properly study the decision, he will “advise Cabinet of the import of the decision and make recommendations on how we should amend the regulations”.

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