The Senate on its 24th day sitting yesterday inducted into its membership the last Senator to be cleared of a stay order by the Supreme Court. Margibi County Senator Jim Womba Tornonlah, People’s Unification Party (PUP) candidate who was certificated by the National Elections Commission (NEC) last Saturday following the more than three months stay order, eradicates the numerical shortage experienced by the Senate after the 2014 Special Senatorial Elections.
Senator Tornonlah yesterday presented his certificate and other credentials to the Senate plenary and was subsequently inducted into office as the 30th Senator by the Secretary of the Senate, J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh.
The defeated Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Margibi County senatorial candidate, University of Liberia Professor Ansu D. Sonii, protested the outcome of the election and took legal action against both NEC and the winning candidate before the Supreme Court, calling for prohibition against the certification of Mr. Tornonlah.
It may be recalled that the certification ceremonies of three of 15 Senators from Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Margibi Counties elected in the Special Senatorial Elections were placed on hold after injunctions were filed by defeated contestants to both the NEC and the Supreme Court.
Complaints and injunctions filed against Grand Cape Mount and Bomi counties’ Senators Cllr. Varney Sherman and Morris Saytumah were a month ago lifted after their opponents dropped all charges against them.