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The EC has complied with the Wenchi High Court’s order to provide, the petitioner in the Techiman South Constituency Election case, Dr. Christopher Beyere Baasongti, the election documents for inspection.

According to the registrar of the Wenchi High Court, Kwabena Osei, the EC was able to provide all the original documents, but the court later detected that two copies of the documents were not original.

Briefing journalists after the inspection, the registrar said the original copies of the two documents were later provided. Before the inspection was carried out yesterday, journalists in the courtroom were ordered out by the registrar of the court, saying the media was not allowed in the court sitting.

During the last sitting, the court awarded a cost of GH¢2000 to the petitioner to be paid by the EC due to its failure to properly produce the documents as directed by the court. At that sitting, the second respondent filed photocopies of the documents to the petitioner instead of the original.

Immediately after the inspection, the NDC officials made photocopies of the documents provided amidst heavy security. Spokesperson for the petitioner and General Secretary of NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia brought his own photocopier machine being powered by a generator, in anticipation that the lights may go off.

Surprisingly, during court proceedings, the light went out, and it was Mr. Asiedu Nketia’s generator and photocopy machine that ensured that Court proceedings were not truncated.

Mr. Asiedu Nketiah said although the documents had been provided there are lingering issues, which will be raised in court at the next sitting.

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