LIBERIA: Supreme Court To Hear 2014 Senatorial Election Case Wednesday

The Supreme Court of Liberia has scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, hearing of legal arguments into a complaint of irregularities in the 2014 Senatorial election in Maryland County filed by Representative Bhofal  Chambers against the National Election Commission (NEC) and Senator-elect Gbleh-bo Brown.

Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor said some lawyers are in the habit of delaying filing their appropriate papers with the court, resulting to unnecessary postponement of proceedings, especially election matters that need speedy hearing and determination.

Justice Korkpor made the statement at the Supreme Court Monday after lawyers representing Maryland County Senator-elect Gbleh-bo Brown and the National Elections Commission failed to file their written briefs with the court before Monday’s sitting.

He added that such acts would give the public the impression that the Supreme Court is responsible for the delay in the determination of cases when the court is exerting efforts to ensure expeditious disposition of cases.

It can be recalled that a month after 2014 Senatorial election, the Supreme Court ruled that the NEC should reinvestigate the complaint of Maryland County Senatorial candidate Bhofal Chambers, who filed a Writ of Prohibition to the Court against the NEC in December, 2014.
 
In his petition, Chambers asked the high court to stop the NEC from certificating Independent Candidate Gbleh-bo Brown due to alleged irregularities at the polling station in Maryland County.

The NEC, however, certificated Brown along with 12 other senators-elect, while a verdict on the complaint was still pending at the Supreme Court.

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