…S/Court Decides On Runoff Or Rerun
By Jimmey C. Fahngon
A decision as to whether there will be a run-off or rerun of the October 10, 2017 presidential and legislative elections is expected to be made by the Supreme Court of Liberia later today.
Already, the complaining parties (Liberty Party and Unity Party) have asked the High Court during legal arguments against the National Elections Commission (NEC) to order a rerun of the entire elections due to alleged irregularities and massive frauds.
They claimed that the Board of Commissioners committed reversible error when it failed to take cognizant of Section 3.11 (2)of the Election Law, which provides that “the Commission shall determine a period of not less than at least two (2) days before election day, which (a)the registration roll shall be available for inspection at each Registration Center (emphasis added)and compared with the commission’s master registration roll to make sure the roll is in order and that the names of the deceased registered voters are removed from the roll in accordance with the provisions of the this chapter; and, (b) claims for registration and objections to registration may be made. The dates determined by the commission shall be published in the same manner as is required by section 3.2 for notification of registration centers.’’
“Pursuant to the aforesaid quoted law, the Appellee issued its voter registration regulations, section 22.1, which provides that NEC shall certify the final Registration Roll and print one copy for each polling place; the failure of the appellee to comply with and enforce the Elections Law and regulations is indeed a reversible error,” the two political parties said in their Bill of Exception.
Following the more than three hours legal battle before the full bench on Friday, December 1, 2017, the Supreme Court reserved ruling for today, December 7, 2017.
Liberians, residents and international partners are in high spirit to hear what the Supreme Court’s ruling will contain.