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ERC Continues to Work Despite High Court Injunction

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Despite a High Court injunction to prevent the chairman of the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) and two other commissioners from performing their duties, it seems to be business as usual over at the ERC.

The Opposition PNC had requested the injunction to restrain each of the Commissioners, their servants and agents from collecting any further remuneration, allowances, and / or other monies from the State Treasury that are allocated by the Parliament for use by the Ethnic Relations Commission, and /or, from spending any money from any source administered by the Ethnic Relations Commission;

But the CEO Yvonne Langevine and Head of Public Education and Awareness Unit
Yolanda Ward apparently do not count themselves as servants or agents of the Commission or the Commissioners.

The commission issued an advisory on Wednesday June 15 2011 stating that the Secretariat of the ERC is continuing to execute its 2011 work programme and as such, all the departments are functional.

The ERC in its statement encouraged persons wishing to make complaints to call its Legal and Investigative Unit or visit the Office. The release added that the Media and Campaign/Rallies Monitoring Unit is functioning as normal and an additional 60 monitors were deployed nationwide.

The main opposition party is claiming that since the term of office of the first commissioners ended the ERC has not been regularly and properly constituted. The party filed an in junction on June 1 preventing the commissioners from holding themselves out as members of the ERC.

The party alleged that there was no consultation with the opposition on the appointment of the chair and commissioners.

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