The Hearing Officer in the Grand Cape Mounty County electoral dispute case, last Friday, reaffirmed the court’s earlier decision, declaring Mr. Simeon Taylor of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), winner of the 8 December 2020 Special Senatorial Election in Grand Cape Mount County.
But the complainant, Victor Watson, through his legal team, to exception to the ruling and announced an appeal to the Board of Commissioners, (BOC) of the National Elections Commission, (NEC).
In his ruling, Hearing Officer, Atty. Fumba Swaray said the complainant, Victor Watson has failed through the preponderance of evidence to prove the allegations that Mr. Simeon Taylor voted two times and that there were pre-marked ballots on Election Day.
Atty. Swaray said the complainant did not prove through the preponderance of evidence that the signatures of poll watchers of Victor Watson were forged; neither did they prove that Mr. Simeon Taylor and his gangsters stopped their agents from entering polling places to observe the counting after polls were closed on Election Day.
The Hearing Officer said because the complainant, Victor Watson and his legal team failed to produce overwhelming evidence to prove their allegations, the Administrative Hearing has no other ruling but to dismiss and deny their motion as prayed for.
Meanwhile, the Hearing Officer of the National Elections Commission, Atty. Fumba Swaray has noted the exception of Victor Watson, through his legal team, led by Cllr. Salibu Swary and granted the appeal to the Board of Commissioners, as a matter of law.