The Civil Law Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice on Friday, September 28, placed a temporary state order on the conduct of Liberia National Student Union (LINSU) election, pending the outcome of its deliberation on the petition for declaratory judgment filed by one of the nominees for president, Ernest Duku Jallah, against the union.
Prior to the court order, LINSU election was scheduled for Saturday, September 29, 2018.
The court’s order, a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer, mandated LINSU to file their resistance on October 8 to Jallah’s complaint.
The order further that, “You [LINSU] are also ordered to temporarily restrain, enjoin, prohibit the respondents to stay and refrain from all further conduction of election of the leadership of LINSU pending the final determination of this case or until otherwise ordered by this court.”
In his complaint, Jallah claimed that the union’s Congress Preparatory Committee has compromised and partially planned an event to hand over the leadership to desired candidates.
Additionally, Jallah claimed that the co-chair of LINSU’s Congress Preparatory Committee (CPC), Madison Zondo, deliberately showed a behavior that would render him unqualified not to partake in the election.
“My nomination letter was deliberately refused after submitting it to Madison Zondo, who did not accept it at all,” claimed Zondo.
According to LINSU’s constitution, a copy of which is in the possession of this newspaper, the union’s CPC by constitution must remain neutral as a body steering the election of LINSU’s National Executive Committee.
The constitution says, “Full members’ organization shall nominate candidates for posts within the National Executive Committee; nomination shall include personal profile of the candidates (experience in student activities, organizational skills, age and academic status). The candidature period shall begin at least a year before the congress. Interested member organization should submit their nomination to the CPC at least two months before the congress.
The congress preparatory committee must be informed of the eligible candidates at least two weeks before the congress.”