LIBERIA: Supreme Court Postpones Senatorial Election Prohibition Hearings

The Supreme Court of Liberia has postponed to Monday, December 8, 2014 arguments in the writ of prohibition filed against the  National Elections Commission (NEC) for the conduct of the December 16, 2014 midterm senatorial election.

The Liberia News Agency reports that the Court’s decision is predicated upon an appeal  filed Friday by Cllr. Liveli Supuwood of the National Democratic Coalition (NDC) praying the Court to grant them an additional time from now to Monday during which they will file their brief and adequately prepare for the arguments.

The National Democratic Coalition, the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) and some eminent Citizens recently filed a writ of Prohibition at the Supreme Court to halt the ongoing campaign and the conduct of the senatorial elections until the Ebola virus was defeated.

The request for the postponement was rejected by the Respondents of NEC and the Government of Liberia represented by Cllr. Betty Lamin Blamo and T.C Gould on grounds that the petitioners were given sufficient time to prepare for the arguments.

However,  Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor, Sr. overruled and granted the petitioners’ appeal to ensure transparent justice in the democratic process.  Justice Korkpor then urged Supuwood to file his briefs and distribute copies to members of the full bench before 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014.


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