A Member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Dr Dominic Ayine has debunked assertions that the party sought to delay the 2020 election petition proceedings with interrogatories filed to compel the Electoral Commission of Ghana to answer some twelve(12) questions.
According to him, they rather wish for the petition to be expedited as soon as possible to bring an end to the electoral challenges recorded in the 2020 elections.
“There was no intention on our part to delay this process, in fact we will want this trial to be expedited as soon as possible and that is how come we brought this application,” he said.
The Member of Parliament for the Bolgatanga East Constituency in the Upper East Region indicated their intention was more of narrowing down the issues to guide the court and the party going forward into the proceedings and described the assertion of trying to delay the proceedings as paradoxical.
“Our intentions actually in bring the application for the interrogatories were to elicit answers that will narrow down the issues for trials for the court, it was never our intention and we did this in good faith and we believed in the mechanism established by law and practice under the high court civil procedure rules” he added.
He however explained, the apex court failure to grant their application concludes any attempts to fill in the gabs in the CI 16 amended by the CI99.
“The ruling of today basically opines any attempt to fill in the gabs in the Supreme Court rules that is CI 16 as amended by CI 99 by resort to CI 47”.