…But Lawyers File Appeal
By James K. Kadi,Jr.
The Hearing Officer at the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Muana S. Ville has rejected Unity Party’s request to Subpeonea all documents in the case involving a staffer of the President’s Office, who was accused of illegally printing voter registration identification card.
Earlier this year, one Amos Sebo of the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs was reportedly caught with several illegal voter registration cards and a printing machine in Johnsonville, outside Monrovia. He was later forwarded to court for prosecution.
The Hearing Officer also rejected Unity Party’s request to subpeona documents in a case involving one of NEC’s presiding officers, who was reportedly caught stuffing ballot boxes in District #3, Nimba County during the October 10 polls.
Cllr. Ville told Unity Party that the two cases are criminal issues which the Commission does not have jurisdiction over.
However, she said the Commission will be compelled to produce the voter roll, worksheet and copies of NEC presiding officers, as requested by Unity Party’s lawyers.
But she was quick to add that this will only be done at specific polling centers or precincts, and not all of the precincts, because the commission does not have time in its favor to do so throughtout the country.
However, Unity Party represented by Cllr. H. Varney Sherman and Cllr. Benedict Sannoh took exception to the hearing officer’s decision and filed an appeal to the Board of Commissioners.