Judge refuses application

Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: A High Court judge Monday rejected a government application to throw out the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) election petitions.

The NDP is contesting the results in Central Leeward and North Windward following the December 9 general elections.

The two seats were won by the ruling Unity Labour Party of Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves whose party won the general elections by an 8-7 margin to secure a fourth consecutive term in office. But the NDP contended that the polls were not free and fair claiming that the design of some ballots were defective and disenfranchised voters.

“Well, he’s refused the application but he has said that if the matter is raised in the hearing of the petition, our arguments will succeed,” attorney Grahame Bollers, a lawyer for the government, told reporters following Justice Brian Cottle ruling.

Asked about the logic of the decision, Bollers replied “well, we respect the decision of the court,” noting also that he has not had a chance to read the entire judgment.

“We have not examined the judgment as yet,” Bollers said.

But Kay Bacchus-Browne, a member of the NDP’s legal team, also told reporters that she had not had a chance to read the judgment but welcomed the ruling.