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Supreme Court hears arguments, assigns case Monday for final ruling

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The Supreme Court of Liberia
The Supreme Court of Liberia

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Supreme Court of Liberia Friday heard arguments into the writ of prohibition as prayed for by Liberty Party to stop the run-off election until its complaints are heard and decided.

The National Elections Commission was represented in court by Cllrs.Musa Dean, Alexander Zoe and Joseph Blidi, while Liberty Party was represented by Cllrs. Charles Brumskine, Onesimus Barwon, Innis Junior and Powo Hilton.

Cllr. Brumskine argued that the Supreme Court should grant his writ of prohibition in order to stop the National Elections Commission from going on with the run-off election, until his case is heard and disposed of.

He further argued that he cannot have a complaint before the Commission while they are proceeding with the run-off election.

For his part, Cllr.Musa Dean argued that the writ of prohibition as prayed for by the Liberty Party should be denied and dismissed.

He argued further that the National Elections Commission is exercising her constitutional duty in keeping with Article 83, which states, among other things, that NEC has the right to conduct elections and within 15 days announce the results of the election, if no candidate reaches absolute majority which is 50% plus 1, and the two candidates with the highest votes shall go for run-off election, the second Tuesday.

If any candidate feels dissatisfied he or she shall file in a complaint with the election commission, and the commission shall conduct an impartial investigation within 30 days upon receipt of the complaint.

Cllr. Dean also said:” The court cannot issue prohibition for what an entity is legally bound to do, and then prayed the court to dismiss the prohibition.”

Meanwhile, the Chief Justice has assigned the case for Monday, November 26, 2017, for its final disposition.

 

The National Elections Commission was represented in court by Cllrs.Musa Dean, Alexander Zoe and Joseph Blidi, while Liberty Party was represented by Cllrs. Charles Brumskine, Onesimus Barwon, Innis Junior and Powo Hilton.

Cllr. Brumskine argued that the Supreme Court should grant his writ of prohibition in order to stop the National Elections Commission from going on with the run-off election, until his case is heard and disposed of.

He further argued that he cannot have a complaint before the Commission while they are proceeding with the run-off election.

For his part, Cllr.Musa Dean argued that the writ of prohibition as prayed for by the Liberty Party should be denied and dismissed.

He argued further that the National Elections Commission is exercising her constitutional duty in keeping with Article 83, which states, among other things, that NEC has the right to conduct elections and within 15 days announce the results of the election, if no candidate reaches absolute majority which is 50% plus 1, and the two candidates with the highest votes shall go for run-off election, the second Tuesday.

If any candidate feels dissatisfied he or she shall file in a complaint with the election commission, and the commission shall conduct an impartial investigation within 30 days upon receipt of the complaint.

Cllr. Dean also said:” The court cannot issue prohibition for what an entity is legally bound to do, and then prayed the court to dismiss the prohibition.”

Meanwhile, the Chief Justice has assigned the case for Monday, November 26, 2017, for its final disposition.

 


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