Liberia Election Commission Appeals For Lawyers

By P. Oxford Brown

MONROVIA—The Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Jerome Korkoya, is appealing to political parties and independent candidates to assist the commission with lawyers to answer the petition for an injunction against the December 16, 2014 senatorial election filed before the Supreme Court.

He said that the Supreme Court will hold a hearing to determine if the case should be heard by the Court or be dismissed. Mr. Korkoyah made the appeal at the NEC headquarters last weekend during an emergency meeting with political parties and independent candidates to inform them of the Supreme Court’s stay order on campaign activities due to a petition for an injunction filed against the December 16, 2014 election by certain groups.

The stay order was issued by the Justice in Chambers of the Supreme Court, Justice Philip A. Z. Banks, on Friday, November 28, instructing the NEC to cease all electioneering activities until further notice.

Meanwhile, Mr. Alaric Tokpa, National Chairman of the National Democratic Coalition and one of the plaintiffs, said NEC was wrong to announce the holding of the election when the country had not been declared Ebola-free.

Tokpa claimed the election under such condition would make it almost impossible for the poll to be free, fair and credible. But hearing of the petition the did not take place on Tuesday because the National Elections Commission was not represented by a lawyer. The hearing is expected this Friday.

Jerome Korkoya pic: www.heritageliberia.net

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