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...For Questioning Supreme Court
A renowned Liberian lawyer Cllr. Theophilus C. Gould has blasted House Speaker Alex Tyler for his public outburst against the Supreme Court of Liberia's decision to place a stay order on the certification of three senators-elect.
The Supreme Court over the weekend ordered the National Elections Commission (NEC) to withhold the certificates of senators-elect Varney Sherman, Morris Saytumah, and Jim Tornolah of Grand Cape Mount, Bomi and Margibi Counties respectively until complaints filed against them are looked into.
But speaking Saturday in Sinkor at program marking the certification of senators-elect, Speaker Tyler said the High Court was proceeding wrongly in addressing issues of national concern.
The Court's Stay order was not known to many Liberians ahead of Saturday's certification as they gathered to witness the certification of the newly elected senators, before it was disclosed by NEC Chairman Jerome G. Korkoyah that only 12 of the 15 senators were qualified to receive certificates.
Speaker Tyler urged the Supreme Court to focus on constitutional and legal issues and leave political issues with the politicians.
“Recent developments from our sister branch needs to be discussed if democracy must grow; we do understand that the court is part of the democracy that we all have been yearning for, but it is equally important to say here that political questions must be left to the politicians while constitutional and legal questions be left with the court," Speaker Tyler told the gathering.
Speaking Tyler said the court is setting wrong precedence because as per the law, electoral issues should be left with NEC to handle and individuals dissatisfied with the outcome can seek appeal to the Supreme Court for further redress.
In reaction, Cllr. Gould, President of the Liberia National Bar Association said Speaker Tyler was out of line to question the wisdom of the High Court regarding its decision to place a stay order on the certification of the three senators-elect.
Cllr. Gould said he was surprised to see Speaker Tyler questioning the wisdom of the Supreme Court which he said is contemptuous.
In a chat with reporters following the program, Cllr. Gould believed that the public outburst of the Speaker who is also Attorney-at-Law is contemptuous, and that he should be held in contempt because he has no reason to question the wisdom of the Supreme Court.
“You cannot question the wisdom of the Supreme Court and Alex Tyler is in the wrong and I am very disappointed in him," Cllr. Gould said.