SVG Opposition Party Application To Inspect Election Ballots Dismissed

Kingstown, St Vincent, By Ernesto Cooke

Justice Esco L. Henry sitting in open Court on Tuesday 27th February 2018, dismissed the application of the Petitioners Benjamin Exeter and Lauron Baptiste to inspect the ballot boxes in Central Leeward.

Justice Henry first considered the motion by the Respondents that the 2017 application of the Petitioners is an abuse of process of the court.

Considering the grounds of the 2017 application to inspect the ballots one by one, Justice Henry ruled that  several of the grounds mirrored the grounds of the unsuccessful 2015 motion by the Petitioners, which was previously dismissed by Justice Brian Cottle.

Further, the Petitioners had an opportunity to raise the additional grounds which they raised in the 2017 application, in the 2015 application to inspect.

She also considered the merits of these additional grounds, but found that the application was an abuse of the process of the court and dismissed the application of the Petitioners.

The Petitioners Benjamin Exeter and Lauron Baptiste will pay the costs of the Respondents to be assessed.

Both Exeter and Baptiste contested the 2015 election as opposition candidates, Exeter in Central Leeward and Baptiste in the North Windward constituency.

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