Court dismisses 3 NDC applications, awards cost in the Techiman South parliamentary election suit


    The High Court in Wenchi has thrown out three applications of the National Democratic Congress(NDC) in the Techiman South parliamentary Election petition.

    The court however granted one of its applications and further slapped the largest opposition party, NDC with a cost of GHS 12,000.

    Mr. Christopher Beyere Baasongti, the 2020 Parliamentary candidate for the NDC in the Techiman South Constituency, filed the petition against the results of the Techiman South Parliamentary election which was won by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) candidate, Mr. Martin Adjei-Mensah Korsah.

    He is seeking that the court annuls the declaration of Mr. Korsah as the winner of the poll, among other reliefs.

    About three months ago, the Wenchi High Court slapped both the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) with cost charges amounting to GHS 1,500.

    Also in June this year, the Wenchi High Court slapped a cost of GH¢4,000.00 on the petitioner, Mr. Christopher Beyere Baasongti, for delaying adjudication of the matter.

    The court initially imposed GH¢7,000 on Mr. Baasongti but had to reduce the fine to GH¢4,000 after pleadings for clemency.

    The three applications of the petitioner that were dismissed today by the court are;

    A motion on notice for the appointment of an independent auditor for the production of original pink sheets.

    A motion for a handwriting court expert and application for an order to set out the main issues in the trial.

    Furthermore, a motion to file and serve supplementary witness statements.

    While the petitioners believe the cost awarded against them will have no negative bearing on the outcome of their petition, the respondents(NPP) believe that the cost awarded against the NDC by the court shows that they have no case.

    Sitting has however been adjourned to July 30, 2021, by the court.