Civil Law Court Declares LLC Elections Null And Void

The Civil Law Court “B” in Monrovia has declared null and void the elections of March 30, 2022, which elected Mr. Moniba Johnson, President of the Civil Servant Association of Liberia (CSAL), as President of the LLC.

His Honor, Judge Sheaplor R. Dunbar, Assigned Circuit Judge, Civil Law Court “B” has ordered the Minister of Labour, Cllr. Charles H. Gibson to constitute a credible body that will conduct the elections of the Liberia Labour Congress (LLC) within a period of thirty days.

In the six counts ruling issued by the Civil Law Court “B” on Friday, May 20, 2022, in the case involving Madam Theresa T. Viskinda and others versus Mr. Moniba Johnson and David Sackor, the Court said that its March 2020 ruling was not fully complied with by the Respondents.

That the association of Public Civil Servants are not subject to the Decent Work Act (DWA) as such, they cannot be members of the Liberia Labour Congress, the umbrella organization of the Labour Unions and Trade Unions in Liberia.

The Court has also ordered that the Elections Committee of the LLC dissolved and is to be replaced by a neutral body that will conduct new elections of the LLC. It further noted that no organization or association that is not recognized by the Ministry of Labour as Labour Union or Trade Union should participate in the elections.

In the ruling, the Court made it clear that Civil Servants Association of Liberia (CSAL), was an association of public civil servants that is not subject to the Decent Work Act. The Court ruled that CSAL is not a labour union or trade union within the contemplation of the Labour Law (Decent Work Act) and was therefore not eligible for membership with the Liberia Labour Congress and was also not eligible to participate in the February 7, 2020, elections. The Court declared the February 7, 2020, elections null and void and ordered the Minister of Labour to set a team to conduct new LLC elections and submit a report to the court within two weeks.

The respondents excepted to the court ruling and announced an appeal to the Honorable Supreme Court of Liberia. The appeal was granted but the respondents failed and neglected to perfect their appeal. The Movants have asked the Court to enforce its March 27, 2020, judgement since the respondents elected not to perfect the appeal.

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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.

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