Court upholds election of Mauritius PM in 2019

LONDON (Reuters) – A British court sitting as the final court of appeal for Mauritius on Monday upheld the 2019 election to parliament of Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, rejecting an appeal by an opposition candidate who alleged it was improperly obtained.

The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC), which acts as a final court of appeal for 27 countries and territories that were once part of the British empire, upheld a 2021 ruling on the matter by the Supreme Court of Mauritius.

The case was brought by Surendra Dayal, who unsuccessfully ran for a parliamentary seat in the same constituency where Jugnauth was elected.

Dayal was seeking a court ruling that the election of Jugnauth and of two other candidates from his political alliance was invalid on the grounds that it had been obtained through bribery and undue influence.

After the Supreme Court of Mauritius rejected his petition, Dayal appealed to the JCPC. A panel of five judges heard arguments from both sides at a hearing on July 10.

Delivering the JCPC’s ruling, judge Sue Carr said the panel had unanimously dismissed Dayal’s appeal on all grounds.

(Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; Editing by Alex Richardson)