— Opponents file appeals to the Supreme Court
The Board of Commissioners (BOC), the highest decision-making body of the National Elections Commission (NEC), on Thursday, March 25, affirmed the victories of Simeone B. Taylor of Grand Cape Mount County and Cllr. Augustine S. Chea of Sinoe County, respectively.
The Board’s decision came following a thorough review of rulings from the Commission’s hearing office, headed by Cllr. Muana S. Ville, also said the two December 8, 2020, Special Senatorial Election’s candidates are winners based on pieces of evidence produced in line with their respective results in the possession of the NEC.
Cllr. Ernestine Morgan Awar read the verdicts from Board and in the Grand Cape Mount County case she said, “the complainant, Victor Watson of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) failed to prove widespread frauds and irregularities, mainly by showing that several persons voted twice and confirming electoral violence, inflation of votes in the tally centers by NEC Magistrate and voting by Senator-elect Simeon Taylor twice, as well as trucking voters to vote for him.
Sinoe County’s ruling was read by NEC’s Clerk, Fofee Sheriff, and in the ruling, he said “the Board has found out that the Hearing Officer did not err and that the complainant, Grace Brimah also failed to prove fraud and irregularities during the hearing.”
The case grew out of the action, “elections irregularities and fraud”, involving the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), by and through its Sinoe County Chairperson, Thomas Treason and Secretary-General, Ansu Kamara versus the NEC as first Respondent and Mr. Augustine S. Chea as second respondent.
The complainants, having listened and received the rulings, acted through their lawyers by announcing separate appeals to the Supreme Court.
Victor Watson’s lawyers, led by Cllr. Salibu Sessay, and Madam Grace Scotland Brimah’s lawyers led by Cllr. Yafar Bailkpeh, announced the appeals separately and they were granted by the NEC Board as provided for by law.
In a related development, Wellington Geevon Smith, winner of Rivercess December 8 Special Senatorial Polls is expected to be certificated soon.
The Board of Commissioners (BoC) of NEC has called upon its certification committee to prepare for the certification of Smith who emerged victorious after two different recounts of ballots in Rivercess.
His main rival, Steve Tequah, officially wrote the NEC withdrawing his complaint against Smith on allegations of fraud and irregularities, as well.