The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines wants the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) to pay the lawyer fees the court ordered after dismissing the two petitions challenging the results of the December 2015 general elections.
The NDP, having lost the case, was ordered to pay for the government’s lawyer fees.
And, speaking on WE FM on Sunday, Gonsalves said this is an unsettled matter from the NDP’s court challenges.
“… and I am sure Montgomery Daniel and Louis Straker will raise it and I am sure the attorney general will raise it,” he said.
The NDP has challenged the election of Sir Louis in Central Leeward and Daniel in North Windward and both politicians, members of Gonsalves’ Unity Labour Party, had to hire their own counsel.
“We have a judgement,” Gonsalves said. “That is to say, the petition was thrown out. The two petitions last time. They were defeated in the High Court. They lodged an appeal and didn’t pursue it. I am talking about the NDP. What about the legal costs in that case? The cost follows the cause.
“It is a matter that I am raising because the government has had to pay a lot of money and I expect the same with Montgomery Daniel and Louis Straker, because they had their own lawyers.
“You can’t just put people through this fight and just walk away; you just do it for political effect. No. That is why you have a system of cost,” said Gonsalves, a lawyer.