The New Democratic Party (NDP) has suffered yet another crushing defeat in their election petition cases filed following the December 2015 general elections.
Justice Esco Henry, on Tuesday, dismissed for the second time another application for disclosure of documents in the election petition cases currently before the court.
The NDP had previously requested that the court allow for the inspection of ballot boxes, a request which was denied in a ruling by Justice Henry. On Tuesday, a further application for specific disclosure of certain election documents was once against shutdown by the trial judge.
The NDP contends that the December 2015 elections in Central Leeward and North Windward were fraught with irregularities, but with limited evidence to support their petitions before the court had sought on previous occassions applications to inspect the ballot boxes in those two constituencies.
Several applications for inspection made before two seperate judges, Justice Cottle and Justice Henry, were denied.
According to some political analysts their failure to provide evidence to support their petitions before the court is a clear indication that the NDP, which has sat on the opposition side of parliament for the last 17 years, is on a fishing expedition with the applications before the court.
The court on Tuesday further ruled that the matter, which is listed for a December 3 hearing will on the same date hear submissions from counsel for Sir Louis Straker and Montgomery Daniel, Attorney Carlos James, on whether the trial dates of December 3rd to 7th should be vacated due to the unavailability of lead counsel Mr. Grahame Bollers who is currently on medical leave.
If the application to vacate the trial dates is granted the petition is likely to be heard in the year 2019, four years since the last general elections.