Dec. 26 Runoff Could Be Stalled Again

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The UP prayed for specific orders for Korkoya and the Executive Director to recuse themselves from handling the runoff process.

-UP runs back to Supreme Court

Four days after the National Elections Commission announced December 26 as the day for the conduct of the runoff presidential election, the Unity Party (UP) has filed a lawsuit at the Supreme Court against the commission, pointing to its ineffectiveness in the management of the NEC and that its Chairman, Jerome Korkoya, could not oversee, manage and operate the runoff election impartially and without prejudice.

“Coupled with proven evidence of deliberate violations of the Constitution and Elections Law, Korkoya and his Executive Director, who directly supervised and managed the October 10 presidential and legislative elections, should and ought to have tendered his resignation,” the UP said.

“With arrogance, Korkoya and the Executive Director have failed to do so, and that the continued involvement of the pair in the organizing and running of the runoff elections offends the spirit of the mandate of the court for a free, fair and transparent runoff.”

The UP is praying for “specific orders for Korkoya and the Executive Director to recuse themselves from handling the runoff process.”

Justifying their contention, the UP explained that on December 8, while they were waiting for the Court’s full opinion, they addressed a letter to Korkoya requesting for a meeting with the two parties with the view to discuss and arrive at a consensus on the modalities for a full cleanup of the contentious Final Registration Roll (FRR).

“Again on December 9, the Board of Commission of the NEC invited the contesting parties, CDC and UP, for the reading of the mandate of the court at which meeting Korkoya came in with no agenda or proposal as to how the clean-up should be done, or how the NEC and the two political parties can collaborate in this regard,” the UP indicated.

The UP claimed that Korkoya created the impression that the FRR was already cleaned “which impression defies the court judgment.” During the meeting, the record noted, both CDC and UP representatives agreed that they would clean the FRR prior to the runoff election, which should be a matter of compelling necessity.

“As the meeting being intense on the matter of cleaning-up of the FRR, Korkoya ended it in a rather abrupt manner with the promise that he was going to cite the parties to another one. Up to the filing of the of complaint, the NEC has failed and refused to cite the parties.

“That in an effort to move the process forward, representatives of the UP and CDC met on December 10, and agreed on what full cleaning up of the FRR shall entail, which they reduced into writing and submitted it to the NEC as the parties’ recommendation regarding the exercise, which the NEC failed to do,” the UP alleged.

Consequently, UP’s lawyer Benedict Sannoh addressed a second letter to the NEC, urging it to comply with the mandate of the court by forging a collaboration and consultation with the two parties.

Unfortunately, the UP contended, on December 12, Korkoya announced that the runoff election will be conducted on December 26, against which they have registered their opposition.

“The NEC announcement for the date of the runoff constitutes an irregular and improper execution of the court’s mandate,” the document alleged.

The Supreme Court, on December 7, handed down a judgment in the case involving Liberty Party (LP) and the UP versus the NEC over irregularities and fraud that marred the conduct of the October 10 presidential and legislative elections, of which the court mandated the NEC to clean up the Final Registration Roll (FRR).

Besides, the court ordered that the cleaning of the FRR must be done in consultation with the UP and Coalition for Democratic Change, the two political parties that obtained the highest number of valid votes — though not an absolute majority — during the October 10 elections, and would participate in the runoff.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Two important problems to solve before or after they are elected does not matter but before these two women take and of the Liberian people seats in government, they should follow the traditional, cultural ethics of female leadership. We cannot continue to let our Liberian women be possessed without funds for governance.
    (1) If the running mates to President of the Liberian 43,00 square miles are finally she’s after inauguration, she’s must actively be married to Liberian men (he’s) to sit on the family bench. She’s have options to re-marry now or marry after she gets the post. It does not affect the election. Even women paramount chiefs in Africa got a man in front or behind every chiefdom knows. The family will no longer accept divorced or passive marriages on its bench.
    (2) The Health care crucial and most important with medicine and food, cannot we overlooked as prior to diseases. This nation presently lacks 2000 heath care workers not on government payroll. If this news is true, the country minister in the Minister of Finance seat right now must immediate allot the unencumbered portion of the Health care budget to this woman Minister of Health so that she can employ Liberian health care workers while donations from international sources be used to employ Liberian and foreign doctors before this country doctor turns over to new minister of health while this Ministry of Finance at once turns over all Government Finance Appropriations over to the Silent majority now in charge of the smooth transition. Talk to the Liberian People. No me. Do not reply this box.
    Gone to silence.

  2. Regardless who you are married to. One woman for one wife. Natural man and woman. Traditional in some Liberian family. Family first, the society before the state.
    Going home. Do not answer this box.

  3. I FINISH GIVING UP ON LIBERIANS! AFTER 250,000 INNOCENT LIBERIANS NEEDLESSLY DIED FROM THE WAR TO REMOVE DOE AND A**ES LIKE GEORGE BOLEY, NATIVE PEOPLE ELECTED HIM AS REPRESENTATIVE! I FINISH WITH NATIVE LIBERIAN GOVERNMENT TOO! CONGAU PEOPLE NEED TO RETURN TO THE SETTLEMENTS, BUILD FOR OURSELVES, AND ISOLATE OURSELVES FROM THESE BELLICOSE NATIVE LIBERIANS!

    • A slaves will always be slaves, I am talking to you Rodney Chesson. You’re a disgusting hateful human and Liberia doesn’t need you. You can stay with your master. Movie says Django Unchained but will forever be Django Chained. Master Chesson will never let you go. I don’t see what you are so proud of. Was slavery a good act in your mind? Shame on you a despicable human being.

    • R.C; you have the “NERVE” eh? I expect better. Then you still talk about DIVISIVENESS. Get Real! Where are you headed? The Americos/ Congoes had ISOLATED themselves; socially, economically, religiously… in the past and perhaps now; in some cases. You tell me. What good came of it? Think it all over. You’ve got nothing to gain from ISOLATION.

    • Chesson,
      If you looking for blame, we should be blaming your cougau people – your dependency syndrome has gotten Liberians lazy and we have not been able to recover from it since your great-grand parents came to this land.
      Maybe we need to send your back to your master (American South) to continue with your dependency mentality.

    • Chesson – your parents and great-grand parents brought indignities and depravities on the Liberian people, including as recently as 1990 when your cousin Charles Taylor helped to murdered a quarter of million of our people. Few years later, his main financier (Ellen Johnson Sirlieaf) wants to undignified our leader (Joseph Boakai). Please tell her she will be in for a big surprise as never again she will succeed like she did to some our best minds. Remember,
      She helped killed, Thomas Quiwonkpa and other indigenous?

  4. Certainly! J.G.Korkoya is an obstacle to Liberia’s current “ELECTORAL PROCESS”. He should have stepped down by now. If he prefer, then let the Court force him out. *This is not the Liberia of our Grand Parents’ days. It’s no longer, so say one-so say all. That’s not the way “DEMOCRACY” works. Let’s get it RIGHT. JGK must gp. Step down. Now!

  5. Mr. Rodney Chesson,

    We share the loss for a beloved father, because our murder died of heart attack due to shock from NPFL artillery mortar fire nearby, and her entertaining younger brother, our uncle, got his throat slit by rebels in broad daylight. It was all random, ‘collateral damage victims’ as the book people would say. Or factoring in the ethnic hate you’re expelling; since natives, they deserved to die for the death of your father at the hands of a “native” regime.

    In September 1980, when we took over as Director of NSA, there were rumors around Monrovia that the location of the execution of the 13 Martyrs was the same spot some native chiefs, enticed from the southeastern region, ostensibly for peace talks in Monrovia, were also martyred long time ago. If those rumors are true, the urge to pay blood deaths for the past will make us perennial prisoners of prejudice driving a vicious cycle of ethnic violence and revenge.

    Thankfully, your suggestion about isolation or segregation in an already polarized country – urgently in need of reconciliation – won’t gain traction. The civil war was a sectarian conflict; tribes turned on each other mainly based on ancient rivalries and grudges. Don’t make it a mutually Congua and Native pogrom. As ineffective as we say EJS was, paradoxically, the woman who stoked the civil war put together, 1) a government which ensured balance of power between Natives and Conguas, and 2) truly representative of the ethnic diversity of our country.

    The political elites ought to make that a cornerstone of domestic policy in keeping with Chapter 11, Article 5 (a) of the 1986 constitution: “The Republic shall aim at strengthening the national integration and unity of the Liberian people, regardless of ethnic, regional or other differences, into one body politic; and the Legislature shall enact laws promoting national unification”. We say thank God that some of us hold these truths as self – evident for the survival of the nation.

    One last thing, Mr. Chesson, let go the hate, it does distort your sense of reality. For example, 250, 000 people (mostly non – combatants) didn’t die to remove Doe. Instead, they perished so that a minority oligarchy would regain political power – the source of economic and social dominance guaranteed in the 1847 constitution. That happens to be a historical fact, not the fiction peddled by the producers of propaganda and misinformation.

    Rodney, we started by identifying with your pain, and sincerely do.

    Please, take a page from that patriot, Evette Chesson –Wureh. Let’s together build a reconciled and unified Liberia of hope so that our parents and loved ones who were martyred wouldn’t have died in vain. It is the only courageous action we can take in avenging their deaths and simultaneously ensuring the safety and prosperity of all the living. It is doable, join us and your caring sister in this great cause.

  6. The Election Commission Chairman acting unilaterally on election matters is not in the best interest of the Liberian people. Mr. Kokoya is doing these as strategies for people to put blame on the Unity Party for the delay. Unfortunately, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is doing nothing about removing Mr. Kokoya as chairman to speed up the election process. But as patriotic Liberian, I know that Mr.Kokoya is responsible for the delay and. not UP.

  7. I applaud the following:
    Moses, Sarra, Boone, Freeman, etc. I do so because of their repudiation of Chesson who tries by all means to inject racism and divisiveness amongst the Liberian people. Divisiveness and racism are evils of the past, perpetrated on the Natives by their Americo-Liberian leaders for over a century.

    The recent October 10 elections was without doubt a teachable moment for Chesson and others who espouse the idea that Native-born Liberians are inferior to Americo-or Congau-Liberians. There were approximately 22 or 23 presidential candidates. There was a mixture of Native- born and Americo-Liberian or Congau- Liberian presidential candidates. The elections were held. When the results poured in a week later, none of the presidential candidates who identify or fall in the Americo-Liberian or Congau column, garnered 10% of the vote.

    Why did that happen? Well, the past manipulation tactics of the Americo- or Congau-Liberian people came back to hunt the new breed. Furthermore, Native-born Liberians were united in their resolve to support candidates of their own.
    So, Chesson and others who denigrate Native-born Liberians have got to take note.

    Personally, I am anti capital punishment. I empathize and sympathize with Chesson because of the manner in which his dad and others died. First and foremost, I wasn’t living in Liberia when the coup occurred. Secondly, no Liberian of good conscience could stop a group of gun-welding individuals from killing people execution style on the beach.

    Chesson must desist from inciting violence.

  8. History will judge arrogant Kokoya harshly for the inactions the blind loyalty attempt to circumvent the will of the people to satisfy few unscrupulous so called high profile agents of evil.

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