— NEC to certificate him as Montserrado District #9 Representative as Henries expresses disappointment in the rule of law and vows never to work with Fokoe
As disputes from the December 8, 2020 senatorial election continue well into the third month of the new year, the Supreme Court is releasing its rulings one by one, the latest being the dispute over the District #9 Representative by-election, in which Frank Saah Fokoe emerged as the winner.
The Supreme Court’s ruling was an affirmation of the Board of Commissioners (BoC) of the National Elections Commission (NEC), who earlier ruled that the election fraud and irregularities claims by Fubbi Henries, a candidate on the ticket of the opposition Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), had no magnitude and lacked the warrant for a recount or a rerun of the election.
Moments after the Supreme Court ruled in his favor on Tuesday, March 2, Representative-elect, Frank Saah Fokoe posted on his Facebook page, glorifying God and thanking his supporters for all of their efforts that got him to the post once occupied by his boss, the late Munah Pelham Youngblood.
“Not by my might nor my power but by the Special Grace of God who has called me to serve my people.
“Today, after two months, 29 days of hearing and decisions from the hearing officers, the Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission (NEC) and the Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia, it’s with a grateful heart of service to my people that I announce to you that the final decision of the Supreme Court was an affirmation to the will of the people of District #9 decision in the December 8, 2020 polls, thereby; upholding the National Election Commission decision that I won the election,” he said in his post.
“I appreciate everyone (organizations and individuals) who stood by me throughout this process, I can assure you that your trust and confidence reposed in me will never be regretted. Like I have always said, let’s put aside political parties and unite to not just keep the Munah’s legacy but to develop our district where we will all live in love and oneness. Congratulations to us, it’s time to get the real job done. #Munah’sLegacy.”
Fubbi Henries, disappointed in the justice system, vowed not to work with Fokoe.
In a telephone interview with the Daily Observer, Fubbi Henries said he was furious and heartbroken by what he referred to as “Supreme Court on a mission with NEC to break down democracy.”
“It has been confirmed that the Supreme Court is in partnership with NEC to rig the elections in 2023. I knew they had nothing different to offer but it was good we went there to expose them more,” he said.
Henries said the issues he raised with the National Elections Commission (NEC) are constitutional issues but, seeing the Supreme Court neglecting the relevance of the issues raised by him had him dumfounded and completely out of words to describe the weakness and failure of the justice system in Liberia.
According to him, voters who had valid voter cards were denied voting simply because their names were either misspelled or not found in the final register roll (FRR).
“That was a violation of Article 77 (b) of the 1986 Revised Constitution, which talks about the eligibility of persons to vote in a national election. They disenfranchised Liberians who reached eighteen years or more to vote because of faults created by the NEC,” he alleged.
Henries said Article 83(C), which gave the NEC the right to declare winners of elections and at the same time hear complaints, even if those complaints are against it (NEC) is completely wrong and, so he will launch a campaign seeking ten thousand signatures as provided for by law to petition the Legislature to amend that provision of the Constitution.
“The right to hear complaint should be given to Magisterial courts if the government does not have the money to establish a separate court to look into post-election complaints,” he noted, adding that he will do all he can to get the ten thousand signatures and petition the Legislature.
About reconciling with Fokoe and working with him for the sake of their District, Henries said he will not accept to have any deal with Fokoe because he got the win “fraudulently, supported by even the Supreme Court.”
He said he is still optimistic about Liberia and will not relent in continuously making efforts to win a Legislative seat in order to contribute to the change he thinks the country deserves.
He has contested three different Representative elections, including the December 8, 2020 by-election, but lost all. The first two were against Munah Pelham Yongblood who died in July 2020, after a period of protracted illness.