The Civil Law Court yesterday endorsed the controversial election result of the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA), and held two of the association’s executives in contempt for obstruction.
Francis S. Saryon, deputy manager for operations, and Dao Wonkulah, superintendent of Ma-Juah Market, were held in contempt, and instructed to pay US$300 each within 72 hours.
They were said to have blocked a bailiff (court officer) who had gone with a directive to stop the association from carrying out their induction ceremony at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia on April 7.
The court’s action was due to a complaint filed by some of the defeated candidates, including the association’s former secretary general, Dan Sherman, who was one of the presidential candidates, claiming that the election was rigged.
Endorsing the result, Judge Yussif Kaba declared that Sherman and his colleagues did not show any facts to establish that the process was rigged.
Kaba also said if there were any irregularities, the party should have first raised their grievances before the Special Election Committee (SEC), which he noted they failed to do.
“If you have noticed that there was vote rigging, the rightful thing was for you to have complained to the SEC; and it was based on that committee’s finding that you can seek the court’s intervention,” Kaba said while justifying his decision.
The Civil Law Court judge explained to Sherman and the others that “Any other issues that happened on the polling day, you are given 30 days to file a complaint before the SEC for investigation.”