“Null & Void” Court Trashes Labour Congress’ Election

By: Moses R. Quollin, quollinmoses@gmail.com +231770922412 / +231880922412 (Freelancer/Contributor)

The Criminal Court ‘B’ has finally with the long-lasting case at the Temple of Justice “Theresa Viskinda, Winston W. Wreh and Obediah Tarlu Verse Election Commission of Liberia Labor Congress (LLC) Mulbah Johnson et David D. Sackor, that the February 7, 2020 result was null and void.

According to the Court ‘B’ Judge, Scheaplor R. Dunbar in his ruling, said in open court that the election committee constituted to conduct the February 7, 2020 LLC election deliberately violated the Constitution of the LLC.

Judge Dunbar herewith ordered dissolved and is replaced by a neutral body to conduct the elections consistent with the Constitution of the Liberia Labor Congress.

The third in his ruling, Judge Dunbar said the Ministry of Labor is ordered to constitute a credible body that will conduct the elections of the LLC and submit a report to this court as to the manner and conduct of the elections within two weeks period as of the date of receipt of this ruling.

Meanwhile, Judge Dunbar has ordered the Clerk of Court to send a mandate to the Minister of Labor to set up a team to conduct the LLC elections.

It was a happy day at the Temple of Justice with the Acting President of the LLC, Madam Theresa Viskinda, Board Member, Mr. Marcus Blamah et others when the ruling was handed down in their favor in the case verses the elections committee headed by Mulbah Johnson and David D. Sackor et others who were taken to court for the violation of the constitution of the LLC due to election irregularities.

Judge Dunbar said the complaint alleged that the capacities ranging from the first vice president and second vice president for administration brought an action of “violation” of the Constitution of the LLC as well as the gross irregularities that marked the February 7, 2020 elections.

The Complaint also contested that on February 7, 2020 election to fill the vacancy following the death of the President of the LLC, the election was created although it was a violation of the LLC Constitution and coupled with the irregularities which prompted the Plaintiff to seek redress at the Labor Ministry.

LLC Extra Ordinary Convention held on February 7, 2020 featured Madam Theresa T. Viskinda (LLC Acting President) and Mr. Moibah K. Johnson (Head of Civil Servant Association) as candidates vying for the presidency following the death of the General President Alfred B.Z Summerville.

According to sources, the Viskinda Team filed in a protest, which was rejected, and boycotted the election due to what many believed to be “frauds coupled with constitutional violation” as quoted in the following counts:

That Article 7 count 1 of the LLC Constitution was violated by the Election Committee by accrediting and qualifying a candidate, Mr. Moibah Johnson, whose organization, the Civil Servant Association of Liberia has not been certified by the Ministry of Labour under the Labor Law of Liberia.

That the Press Union of Liberia, Motorcycle Transport Union and many other organizations to be identified whose membership has not been endorsed by the Liberia Labour Congress were allowed to participate in the February 7, 2020 election;

That the Election Committee failed to announce qualified members of convention delegates, publish Election guidelines prior to the holding of Election and total number of the ballots printed;

That the Election Committee printed ballot papers with names and photos of Madam Theresa Viskinda and Mr. Moibah Johnson without the process of screening and qualification;

That the seven (7) members Election Commitee set-up by the Elective Committee in the presence of Madam Deddeh Tulay of Solidarity Center was clandestinely and criminally replaced by the Secretary General, Mr. David Sackor. The David Sackor’s Election Committee worked in secret and darkness up to the time of the Election on February 7, 2020;

That three (3) members of the Elections Committee in persons of S. N. Sunny Doe (General Secretary), Tinapu Faniah and Tye K.S. Jaye withdrew from the process due to the manner and form, inconsistency and fraudulent manner under which the process was being conducted.

Investigation continues.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.