The Sekondi High Court has dismissed an application filed by counsel for the First Respondent, lawyer Frank Davies to strike out an election petition filed by the NDC Parliamentary Candidate, Prof. Dr. Grace Ayensu-Danquah in December 07 elections.

The suit was challenging the declaration of the First Respondent Mr Joe Ghartey as the winner of the December 07, 2020 Parliamentary elections.

Counsel for Mr Ghartey had prayed the court at an earlier sitting on March 16, 2021, to strike out the election petition on grounds that the petition lacked merit as it was signed by the petitioner’s counsel and not the petitioner herself.

The court, presided over by Dr. Richmond Osei Hwere, after legal references and interpretations on Tuesday March 23, ruled that the application by the First Respondent to strike out the petition was without merit.

The court however, awarded a cost of GH¢4,000.00 against counsel for the First Respondent, Lawyer K. Amoah who was holding the brief represented lawyer Frank Davies who was absent in court.

In his ruling, the Court said “lawyers act as client’s agent litigation in which case, they can sign on behalf of their clients”.

He said the Parliamentary election petition is a writ in a different form which can be signed by a lawyer.