… Supreme Court
By Alloycious David
The Supreme Court ruled that the Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission (NEC) erred for allowing Chairman Jerome Korkoya to preside over Liberty Party (LP)’s complaint, amidst calls for Korkoya to step aside.
The Board of Commissioners of NEC denied Liberty Party’s request for Korkoya to recuse himself from presiding over the party’s complaint of fraud and irregularities.
Associate Justice Philip Z. Banks reading the court’s opinion on Thursday, December 7, 2017, in Liberty Party’s Bill of Exception to NEC’s ruling said the Board of Commissioners of NEC was in serious error to have denied the party’s complaint.
He said NEC’s action defied the law and said the statement by Chairman Korkoya that the LP had no case was wrong.
Justice Banks disclosed that it was wrong for the NEC Chairman to express negative views against a complaining party.
According to him, the Board of Commissioners’ action has no justification in Liberia’s jurisdiction.
“Our law requires that our judges refrain from making statements that would be impartial,” Justice Banks noted. He cautioned NEC officials from speaking on complaints that are before it.
Speaking further, Associate Justice Banks disclosed that Liberty Party (LP) and Unity Party (UP) failed to provide substantial evidence that the October 10, 2017 Presidential and Legislative Elections was characterized by ‘overwhelming’ and ‘massive’ frauds to sanction a re-run of the elections.
The Supreme Court mandated the National Elections Commission (NEC) to proceed with scheduling a new date for run-off elections between Unity Party and Coalition for Democracy Change (CDC).
The UP and CDC were qualified to participate in the runoff elections, but was halted by the Supreme Court following a writ of prohibition prayed for by Liberty Party.