Court rejects Jomoro MP’s appeal to amend answer

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A Sekondi High Court has rejected an appeal by the MP for Jomoro, Madam Dorcas Afo Toffey to amend her answer to a petition filed against her by one Joshua Emuah Kofie, a resident of Jomoro.

The petitioner is questioning the eligibility of the legislator to contest the Jomoro Parliamentary seat during the 2020 elections.

The court, presided over by Justice Dr. Richmond Osei Hwere struck out the application on grounds that, the legislator who is the applicant or respondent, failed to comply with the court’s earlier order to exhibit proof of renunciation certificate as ordered by the court in its June 22, 2021 ruling.

The applicant/respondent acting through her counsel, however, filed for a Stay of Execution pending an appeal at the Court of Appeal.

The Court of Appeal, however, dismissed the Stay of Execution on grounds that no serious arguable point of law was demonstrated by the applicant.

The applicant failed to comply with the order but on August 10, 2021, filed an application to amend an answer in the petition brought against her.

According to the court, the applicant had grossly disregarded the order to show proof of the renunciation certificate.

In the ruling, Justice Dr. Osei Hwere told the applicant that the non-compliance of a court order has various consequences but not limited to striking out an application.

The court therefore struck out the application.

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