Runoff Cancelled; NEC Directed to “Give Urgent Attention to” LP’s Complaints

first_imgLiberia’s Justice Minister, Cllr. F. Musa Dean, has been tasked by President George Weah to determine the veracity of the latest Global Witness report involving ExxonMobil and former Liberian government officials. Just day to the holding of the November 7 runoff election, the Supreme Court has ordered the cancellation of the process, pending an investigation into allegation of gross irregularities and frauds arising from the conduct of the October 10 presidential and legislative by the Liberty Party (LP).Reading the joint decision of the five-panel justices yesterday, Chief Justice Francis Korkpor said, “the alternative writ of prohibition ordered issued by Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, Justice in Chamber, is upheld and sustained, and the peremptory writ of prohibition requested by the LP is hereby granted.”As for the National Elections Commission (NEC), Justice Korkpor stated, “NEC is estopped and prohibited from conducting the runoff election, until the complaints filed by the LP are investigated by the NEC, and if need be the party appeal process to the Supreme Court is availed of and the matter is decided by the court.” Scenes from the Supreme Court ruling in the case of LP’s request for Writ of Prohibition agains…1 of 14 An excited Wilmot Paye at the supreme court following the ruling (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Concluding, the chief justice emphasized by saying, “because of the critical nature of the complaints, subject of the petition proceedings, and its implication on the governance of the nation, the NEC is directed to give urgent attention to the expeditious hearing and determination.” Overview of attendants at the hearing in the Supreme Court chamber (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Justices Jamesetta H. Wolokollie and Sie-A-Nyene Yuoh, the two female justices of the Supreme Court (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Karnwea, Bility, Paye and Sanvee sitting in the supreme court for the hearing (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Justices Philip A. Z. Banks, Kabina Ja’neh and Francis Korkpor (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Overview of the attendants of the hearing at the Supreme Court (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh)center_img Kuku Dorbor in an interview with journalists (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Cllr. Dean in an interview following the Supreme Court ruling (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) NEC’s lawyer, Cllr. Musa Dean, following the Supreme Court ruling (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Prince Toles, Representative candidate of the Liberty Party during the October 10 elections, with his Colleague at the court (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) A crowd waited peacefully outside the Supreme Court, awaiting the ruling (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) The five justices in the Supreme Court (from left): Justices Banks, Ja’neh, Chief Justice Korkpor, Justices Wolokollie and Yuoh (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Liberty Party chairman Ben Sanvee in an interview with journalists after the Supreme Court ruling (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

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