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(iWitness News) Lawyers for both the petitioners and the respondents in the election petitions case will, on Thursday, present their arguments to the High Court on whether the petitions should proceed to a hearing.

Lawyers for both sides told reporters that they had anticipated Tuesday’s ruling by Justice Esco Henry to hear, at the same time, a motion to throw out the petitions, as well as a counter application that that motion is an abuse of the process.

“We are ready. We have been working hard and we are ready,” Richard Williams a lawyer for the government told reporters after the end of Tuesday’s proceedings.

He told reporters that the proceeding had gone as his team anticipated and that the respondents were quite happy with the fact that the judge decided to hear first the motion to strike out.

“… It is practical. It doesn’t make any sense you waste money and expense to prepare for the hearing of the substantive matter and there is an application to strike it out. So we are quite happy that the judge has decided to move forward with the preliminary points, and let’s see where it goes from here.”

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