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“Procedural Error “Gave George Solo’s Case against LFA Weight

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George Solo
George Solo

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Civil Law court Wednesday ruled that the Liberia Football Association Elections Committee proceeded wrongly by not given LFA Presidential candidate George Solo a hearing in his complaints just before the LFA April 14 elections.

The court dismissed the LFA Elections Committee appeal to throw out Solo’s lawsuit as the LFA lawyers argued that football matters should not be for the court, but to the (Court of Arbitration for Sports.

The Court in its respond to the Liberia Football Association (LFA) Lawyers said George Solo was not given due process in keeping with Liberian laws, as such he had all rights to get the court involved.

George Solo, a former Chairman of now Ruling Party of Liberia (CDC) petitioned the Civil Law Court two days to the LFA April 14 elections to place an injunction on the conduct of the elections because the Elections Committee refused to look into his complaints and protests he had written against one of his opponents in the LFA Presidential race, Mustaphai Raji.
George Solo, an Executive of newly promoted first division side, Nimba FC petitioned the LFA Elections Committee not to allow Mustaphai Raji to contest the election because he did not meet the criteria and had presented a “fake degree” to the committee.
That Court Injunction was placed on the election after counting had taken place in the first round with results showing George Solo collecting just five votes, while Musa Shannon won 13 votes and Mustaphai Raji obtained 16 votes, two short of winning the 50% plus one vote of the voters.
The LFA Elections Committee at a news conference responded to Solo’s complaints by saying he did not provide evidence to his complaints as such the committee could not proceed with the case.
The court in its Wednesday’s ruling said the case will go ahead on Friday and wants George Solo to bring in his evidence that LISCR FC President Mustaphai Raji presented a “fake degree” to the LFA Elections Committee to contest the April 14 2018 elections.
The Civil Law Court is expected to come out with ruling into the case.
The court may order the LFA elections committee to go back to status quo ante (a rerun of the electoral process) or continuation of the process.


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