Supreme Court to Hear LP Case Today

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Temple of Justice, seat of the Liberian Judiciary

After placing a stay order on all activities leading to the holding of the runoff presidential election, the Supreme Court is today expected to begin hearing into the complaints of irregularities filed by the opposition Liberty Party (LP) against the conduct of the October 10 presidential and legislative elections by the National Elections Commission (NEC).

The Supreme Court order is believed to have placed a serious temporary obstacle on preparations for next Tuesday’s runoff elections, as the NEC has to wait for the outcome of the hearing of the complaints, which the LP said is a “violation of the Constitution, election law, fraudulent acts and gross irregularities during the October 10 elections.”

The runoff election is scheduled between the ruling Unity Party (UP) of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of Senator George Weah.

Lawyers representing the NEC and the LP were expected to appear before the Supreme Court yesterday, but failed to do so without any legal reason.

The matter has been rescheduled for today, Friday at 9 a.m.

The UP has publicly announced that it is backing the LP, claiming that “President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was interfering with the electoral process to influence its outcome.”

President Sirleaf’s office has denied the allegation, although the UP is yet to produce any evidence to support her claim against the party’s former standard bearer.

The stay order on the electoral process resulted from the LP’s plea for a Writ of Prohibition claiming irregularities and fraud during the October 10 polls.

The writ was issued on Tuesday by Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, the current Chamber Justice, who warned the NEC not to proceed with electoral activities leading to the run-off.

In his order, Justice Ja’neh instructed: “NEC has to stay away from any and or all actions in respect of the November 7 runoff election, pending the deposition by the Supreme Court of the LP’s petition.”

The order added: “the parties are informed that given the constitutional issues raised in the petition coupled with the fact that election matters are to be expeditiously heard and determined that upon serving the writ and the return, the case is hereby docketed for urgent deposition by the full bench.”

In  respect to Justice Ja’neh’s order, the NEC has immediately halted all electoral activities to the runoff including training of election workers, which was scheduled for Thursday, and also the transportation of ballot materials to and in the all the 15 counties.

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  1. The Supreme Court is the final arbiter of the land.

    Some people may agree with the final decisions of the Supreme Court, and others may disagree with the final decisions of the Supreme Court on this case. Like it or not, Cllr. Brumskine is exercising his constitutional rights.

    However, I do not see Cllr. Brumskine winning this case unless NEC lawyers screw this case up. Cllr. Brumskine’s purported case of fraud and irregularities are just too minuscule to adversely affect the results of the Oct. 10th election. No matter which way the court decides, the peace and stability of Liberia rests on all Liberians. The Supreme Court needs to study the arguments of this crucial case carefully before rushing to judgment.

    As it seems, the run-off will be rescheduled for another date because it is logistically impossible to carry out the runoff election on Nov. 7th if NEC wins this case.
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    A note of caution: This unwarranted case of fraud and irregularities brought by Cll.Brumskine that purportedly caused him to lose in the first round will indeed open a Pandora box if a candidate loses in the run-off election. The loser in the runoff will also find it easy to contest the results on grounds of fraud and irregularities just like Cllr. Brumskine thus causing a legal quagmire in the electoral process.

    May God bless Liberia!!!!

  2. Let’s look at health rather than politics: It has been reported on CNN news page that MARBURG, an Ebola like virus is on the rise in Uganda, the place of commencement of the Ebola virus that ravaged our sub region few years ago. Let our authorities keep thei eyes open against people traveling this part of Africa

  3. Brumskine’s attempt to play by the rules demoncratically is understood in a larger context. Brumskine was a contender in previous presidential elections. In the most recent October 20 elections, Brumskine once again contended, but fell far short to be considered a runoff participant. Nevertheless, Brumskine is fighting hard to change the tide. Possibly, the tide of corruption at the polling stations that caused him to perform so poorly on October 10, 2017.

    Issues of concern:
    From all indications, Brumskine came in a distant 3rd behind Weah and Boakai. If the Supreme Court hears his case, what happens next? Will he be allowed to contest the scheduled runoff election?

  4. Liberians, beware not to imitate Kenya where we have had a permanent electioneering season. Successful litigation throws the whole electoral programme into dissaray not to mention its cost and the national economic threat it poses. Good luck, nonetheless.

  5. The Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia itself is on trial along with Liberia.
    What do I mean by that? I mean whether or not that the Supreme Court will not
    give a patronage decision by giving decision that will reflect “let bygone be bygone.”
    The Supreme Court will distinguish itself to let Law stand irrespective of who say
    what! A ruling that will reflect our nation as independent without regard to what
    other nations will say about Liberia. A ruling that will not be influenced by the
    fact that it cost money to rerun the elections. Let the International communities
    know at this time that, well the country has spoken as a sovereign nation.
    Neither that ruling should have a consultation with Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf because
    she is the one who is causing these massive problems by her influence in the
    National electoral process.

    How did she do it? She did it when she called a meeting at her private home and
    instructed the Chairman Jerome George Korkoya and staff to let the elections go
    CDC George Weah’s way! That George Weah is her choice! How did the NEC
    turned things around? They instructed the Elections staff and workers to let only
    or mostly CDC George Weah supporters vote, but turned away most of other
    registered voters from voting. That is exactly what happened and that is what
    give the nation and Liberians the massive messes

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