By Abraham S. Sollie/GNN Reporter
The Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, has claimed over US$200,000 in damages for libel lawsuit he, through his lawyer filed before the Presiding Judge of the Civil Law Court, Yussif D. Kaba, against The Analyst, New Democrat newspapers and one of its (New Democrat) reporters.
In his complaint before the court, Cllr. Korkoya said that he is complaining against the two newspapers and Journalist John H.T. Stewart for damages he said are based up on a calculated act of character assassination committed by them against him.
The NEC boss, through his lawyer, Cllr. Cooper W. Kruah, Sr. stated that the first Defendant John H.T. Stewart, whom he said is the author of an article captioned: “Assessing Presidential Candidate Joseph Nyumah Boakai’s Chances in 2017,” caused it to be separately published in the two local dailies and widely read in Montserrado County and other places.
Cllr. Korkoya complaint to the court that Journalist Stewart, before June 6, 2016, with wicked intention to injure his (Cllr. Korkoya) good name and reputation, did maliciously write and publish a false, unprivileged, scandalous and libelous article concerning him (Cllr. Korkoya).
“That relevant portions of first Defendant’s per se libelous statements, which form part of plaintiff’s exhibit P/1 in bulk and exhibit P/2 in bulk include, but are not limited to the following: NEC Chairman Jerome Korkoya is …..very corrupt….., During the last Senatorial By-Election the Commission (NEC) was awash with rumors that one of the candidates had presented him a brand new Ford Suv which he had accepted, more to that, he was accused of fixing the results in several counties including Bong and was reportedly seen in Gbarnga with Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor on the day of the polls, according to NEC inside sources, ,” the 52-count complaint added.
The complaint further noted: “The integrity of the NEC, especially under the corrupt and incompetent leadership of Jerome Korkoya, and the entire 2017 elections results could be compromised also, Chairman Korkoya has been providing subventions (bribes) to the leadership of some political parties in order to ensure their acquiescence and silence on crucial matters concerning NEC.”
He contended that all of the allegations written by the defendants are false, unprivileged and libelous because he said they are the repetition of rumors or gossips that others have made concerning him (Cllr. Korkoya.
He prayed the court to grand his request by ruling in his favor and against each of the defendants finding liable by paying to him an amount not less than US$200,000 and US$75,000 as punitive damages.
The NEC boss asked the court to demand each of the defendants to pay back all of the costs and expenses he may incur during the adjudication of the case and that an order be issued by the court directing each of the defendants to retract its libelous statement or publication concerning him.
But this paper is yet to get the responses of the defendants though their legal representation regarding the NEC’s boss complaint.