Anthony Boots Martinez Faces Setback in Recall Petition Against Gilroy Usher Senior

Anthony Boots Martinez Faces Setback in Recall Petition Against Gilroy Usher Senior

Anthony Boots Martinez has decided to continue his pursuit to recall the current Area Representative, Gilroy Usher Senior.  The recall petition began in July last year, and by January 16, Martinez had delivered 1645 signatures to the Governor General.  Following its revision by the Elections and Boundaries Department, the petition was rejected on the premise that the number of verified signatures did not meet the required threshold.  Martinez was not a happy camper and with that he went back out to verify the 188 voters whose information did not correspond with the registers of voters at the Elections and Boundaries.  After doing so, he received a letter this morning, dated May 3, from the Chief Elections Officer, Josephine Tamai.  The letter indicates that she (Tamai) is not obligated or bound by law to redo the recall process.  Martinez called for the media this afternoon and expressed upset over this recent development.  The former Area Representative has taken contention with the views of the Chief Elections Officer.  

Anthony “Boots” Martinez, Former Area Representative: “I don’t know if the Chief Elections Officer in my humble opinion is suffering from foot in mouth syndrome based on her letter to the Governor General and based on her letter here, her response here. Her letter to the Governor General said in the first paragraph “all signatures on the petition have been duly verified against the Elections and Boundaries Department record of registered electors for Port Loyola Electoral Division.” Nowhere in the law talks about where you’re to verify from. The laws talk about you must verify. In the short law the law says the short title for the law says signature or signatures meaning any mark or thumb impression. This cannot get swept under the rug. This cannot get swept under the rug at all because man that is terrible. You can’t decide the fate of the people or Port Loyola. The people of Port Loyola did the right thing by signing the petition. Your job is to verify it. I am sorry and you put all kinds of clauses ad so. Like I said any reasonable person who read the letter was said to them doesn’t ask anything about redoing the petition. We said verify what you need to get done. When you go in to sign as a voter and you go sign for the first time you need to verify your address too that doesn’t automatically get you on the list. You sign but nothing in the law speaks about the signature must be verified or matched against I think that the jurisdiction of the Elections and Boundaries law puts the jurisdiction of them to verify based on the fact that they have the capability, they have registration officers, they have registration office that always go to verify people’s addresses.”

Martinez admits that they did have errors with 21 repeated signatures, but says they are not contesting those.  He says there are also the signatures of persons who had moved outside the Port Loyola division between the time they signed the petition and its delivery to the Governor General.  Despite those, however, Martinez says he will pursue this to the very end, as the 188 signatures that he has reconfirmed could very well make the petition valid.

Anthony “Boots” Martinez, Former Area Representative: “Like I said, oversight. And just like how we got we made error those are not the ones we are contesting you know ? You see this is a wholistic picture. If the people that, what really happened in some instance you had some people this petition was going on from July. They had some people who signed the petition in July and transferred between the petition period time between the transfer period time. The law speaks that the petition must at the delivery of the petition you must be a registered voter in Port Loyola. So I signed July and I transferred out and I delivered the petition January then those ones don’t count because they are not registered in the constituency of Port Loyola. So I am just saying that yes errors made you would say on both sides but those don’t count and I understand it those don’t count. The petition is the petition. The law is the law and we will take this as far as we could because one thing I will say that I am speaking about the facts. Here you are now even smarty Ms.Tamai in her closing thing to the Governor General “I also wish to report to you Your Excellency that it is an offense under section 9 of the recall of Elected Representatives Act Revised Edition 2020 for a person to forge a signature on a recall petition or willfully sign the petition more than once.” In other words that even with the hundred and eighty eight signatures that you say mismatched it doesn’t warrant some kind of investigation if somebody forged those people’s signatures ? That’s why I want to know if she is suffering from foot in mouth syndrome because everything she put on paper blow back.”

Martinez has contracted the services of Senior Counsel Dean Barrow and Dickie Bradley.  Love News understands that the issue that Martinez is basing his claim on is the definition and extent of verification.  Speaking with Attorney Bradley, our newsroom was informed that Martinez’ claim does have solid grounds to be taken to court.  We understand that the next step is to take the government to court.

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