Snowe vs. Karmo Case Hearing Today

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Rep. Snowe (L) remains confident to out-do his challenger Rep. Karmo (R), who questions Snowe’s eligibility to run for Representative in Senjeh District

The Board of Commissioners at the National Elections Commission (NEC), in collaboration with its election disputes office, will at 2 p.m. today hear the appeal of Rep. Samuel Karmo of Senjeh, Bomi Electoral District #1, against the ruling in the case between him and Representative Edwin Snowe of Montserrado Electoral District #6, who has vowed to contest for the representative seat in Bomi.

It may be recalled that Rep. Karmo filed a complaint on June 15 to the NEC Magistrate in Bomi challenging Snowe’s eligibility to register to vote, least of all to contest in Senjeh.

After the June 24th hearing of the matter, the Senior Magistrate of Bomi, Mr. Washington V. Farmah, ruled on July 1 that Snowe had not violated any law and thereby nullified Karmo’s complaint. He said Karmo provided no legal points to warrant Snowe’s denial to participate in the politics of Senjeh District.

In his ruling Farmah noted: “The complainant contends that the Magistrate failed to rule on the fundamental ‘Distributing Regulations’ 3.3 and 4.2 as to the violation of the 73 Fixed Electoral Districts Threshold set for the 2017 general elections, to which the complainant takes exception and announced an appeal to the Magistrate’s ruling in this case.”

He argued in his appeal that Snowe failed to establish any legislative domicile in Senjeh, Bomi Electoral District #1.

He added in his submission that contrary to this assertion, the “Distributing Regulations” of Article 3.3 of NEC relative to the 73 Fixed Electoral Threshold and the provision of section 4.2 of NEC “Distributing Regulations” prohibit and forbid cross county district registration. Hence, “count five of respondent’s answer should be set aside, overruled and dismissed.”

However, after his ruling, Karmo, who is himself a lawyer by profession, filed an appeal against the ruling and sought the attention of the central office of the NEC to look into the matter appropriately. Today sets the stage for the public to know who is right or wrong.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. My Homies in Bomi (District #1), do YOU want a born rogue to represent YOU in the House? If so, vote for Edwin Stole!
    But before you vote for Edwin Stole, let’s look at his track record, shall we?

    Exhibit A: Do you know that “Honorable” Snowe was indicted, but not convicted of stealing millions and millions of dollars from the Liberian people? (Re” Edwin Snowe Charged With Theft of Property”, The Inquirer )

    By the way, Rep. Snowe is writing a book (co-authored by Ex Senator Richard Divine) titled “If We Stole US$1million from LPRC, Here’s How We did it!”

    Exhibit B: Do you know that “Honorable” Snowe was unable to account for over US$227,000 which he collected when he serves as Chairman of the National Team (Lone Star)??? (Re “Over US$227,000 Snowe Yet to Account”, Liberian Observer)

    Look. If Snowe had lived in Saudi Arabia. he’d be a double amputee! According to Islamic law, thieves usually get their hands cut off !

    Exhibit C: Do you know that, in 2007, Rep Snowe was removed from his position as Speaker following a vote of no confidence taken by House members?

    A few days later, then-Speaker Stole was reinstated by the Supreme Court, but he resigned to take a medical leave because he was diagnosed with STD (Stealing Tax Dollars)!

    Given his track record, would you STILL vote for “Honorable” Stole? I hope you use your vote to save Bomi from this born rogue!

    Peace out

  2. I don’t see how Snowe can be an incumbent Representative in one district, then somehow run for Representative in another district. It makes no sense and I’m sure it’s against the election laws. he should resign one seat to run for another.

  3. Anyone can be an incumbent Representative in one district and somehow run for Representative in another district, since in fact and law (art. 30 b of the Liberian Constitution) that person is simply required to be domiciled in the COUNTRY. The ultimate purpose or the objective and purpose of article 30 b would have been well protected had the framers restricted domicility to the county or territory.

    Hence, while it may not “make sense” for an incumbent to ” play spider” between two counties, or such conduct is anathema to the political tradition of article 30 b of the Liberian Constitution, or even unethical vis a vis legislative etiquettes, Snowe’s move IS NOT IN CONTRAVENTION TO THE LETTER OF THE CONSTITUTION, THOUGH IT IS CERTAINLY IN CONTRAVENTION TO THE OBJECTIVE, PURPOSE, AND SPIRIT, OF ARTICLE 30 B OF THE CONSTITUTION!

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