Following an order from the Supreme Court of Liberia, the National Elections Commission (NEC) has called on all political parties and independent candidates in the special senatorial election scheduled for December 16 to stop political activities immediately throughout Liberia.
Making the disclosure over the weekend at a special meeting with political parties and independent candidates at the office of the NEC in Monrovia, the NEC Chairman, Cllr. Jerome Korkoyah, said the decision comes in the wake on the writ of prohibition from the Supreme Court Of Liberia.
Chairman Korkoyah explained to political parties and independent candidates that the NEC has been ordered by His Honor, Associate Justice Philip A. Z. Banks, who is presiding as Justice in Chambers at the Supreme Court of Liberia, to cease all ongoing political activities and actions.
According to him, “We are required to inform you that all campaign activities are suspended immediately pending the date provision before the court.
“The Justice in Chambers is saying that you don’t carry out anything in respect to election until further notice from the full bench of the Supreme Court of Liberia.”
Chairman Korkoya disclosed that three groups, the Movement for Progress Change (MPC), headed by Simeon Freeman, the Concerned Group of Eminent Citizens and Leaders of Political Parties and Civil Society Organizations, had petitioned the Supreme Court to postpone the senatorial election.
He further declared: “We want to urge you to conduct your activities in the confines of this order and ensure that this information is passed on to all of your supporters.”
The NEC chairman also called on the various political parties and independent candidates to do a special favor by informing their supporters that NEC is immediately stopping election process in keeping with the Supreme Court order.
Chairman Korkoyah further disclosed that NEC had been deploying election materials in the various counties before the order of the Supreme Court of Liberia and was hoping that the situation would be resolved sooner to maintain the election date schedule for December 16.
NEC at the same time warned all political parties and independent candidates in the special senatorial election to refrain from all campaigning processes that would lead to legal problems from the Supreme Court of Liberia.
The NEC boss said the Commission was in close contact with the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other partners in the process of conducting the special senatorial election come December 16 and their advice is well taken by NEC.
The various political parties and independent candidates unanimously agreed and called on the National Election Commission to use its county representatives to disseminate the information, especially to places remote places unreached by the road network.
Many of the parties expressed hope that the NEC would do everything possible to have the situation resolved, as the senatorial election had been approved by the National Legislature and the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.