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Petitioners seeking the suspension of the pending senatorial election have requested the Supreme Court of Liberia to authorize President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to convene a meeting for the purpose of setting a new date for the election.
They told the Supreme Court that the Resolution by the Legislature setting December 16, 2014 for the senatorial election is illegal
According to the petitioners of Eminent citizens, under the prevailing circumstances and realities currently in Liberia, the High Court should determine the constitutionality of the Legislature authorizing the President to convene a Special Expanded Sitting of the Inter-party Coordination Committee (IPCC) as a National Forum for the specific purpose of setting a date for holding the election which should have taken place on October 14, 2014.
The Petitioners said by so doing, it would ensure that the health of the people of Liberia and the legitimacy of the current Administration is secured and protected.
At such gathering, the petitioners indicated that all certified and recognized political parties (status affirmed by NEC), all Independent candidates certified by NEC to contest the October 14, 2014 election, the Liberia National Bar Association including the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia, the Liberia National Student Union, the Federation of Liberian Youth, the National Teachers Union, the Liberian Council of Churches, the National Muslim Council, the National Traditional Council of Liberia, the Liberia Marketing Association, the Press Union of Liberia, National Civil Society Council of Liberia and the Federation of Liberian Labor Unions should participate in setting a new date for the senatorial election.
Petitioners said the resolution of the proposed National Forum as contained in their petition, should be deemed as an expression of the Will of the people as contemplated by Article 1 and, as such fits the intent and spirit of Article-2 of the 1986 Constitution.
As to the issue regarding whether Liberians, at this present time, should choose between conducting elections to avoid a leadership gap or to suspend the holding of elections for fear of risking the spread and transmission of a deadly virus disease like Ebola, Petitioners prayed the Supreme Court to understand that they are not advocating for an alteration and or a reform of government.
“Petitioners contend that the ongoing election activities represent a significant act of complacency and a serious denial that the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is invisible; that it is real; that it has no cure; that it has killed and continues to kill thousands of Liberians; and could kill even more. Such activities as election have the potential to complicate, frustrate, and exacerbate the fight to eradicate the Ebola Virus Disease from Liberia,” petitioners argued.