LIBERIA: NEC Chairperson Davidetta Brown Lassannah Criminal Trial Begins On February 28 At Criminal Court ‘C’

By Dyujay Jackson *

NEC Chairperson, Davidetta Browne Lansanah

The trial of the Chairperson of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Madam Davidetta Brown-Lassannah relating to several violations including conflict of interest is expected to begin on Monday, February 28, 2022 at Criminal Court ‘C’ which will be presided over by Judge T. Ciapha Carey

According to a notice of assignments issue by the circuit court judge sitting in its February term AD 2022 states “you are hereby commanded to notify the parties together with their counsels in the above entitled cause of action to appear before the first judicial circuit for Montserrado County.

The Circuit court judge Carey, maintain that the case captioned supra is assigned for pre -trial conference on February 28, 2022 at the hour of 1:00.

According to the indictment in possession of this institution disclosed that on August 17,2021 the NEC, boss wrote Atty Jargbe Roseline Nagbe -Kowo , chief executive officer of the public procurement concession commission (PPCC) informing her that the NEC had received funding from the government of Liberia to conduct by-election in four counties.

She name Bomi, Bong, Grand Gedeh, and Nimba counties, and attached to the communication were the procurement plan for the by-elections, the cash plan and the procurement committee meeting minutes.

The indictment which was drawn by the grand jury of Monterrado County, said that though the NEC procurement plan was approved by the (PPCC) , the National Elections Commissioner chairperson  Lassannah, failed to specify the line item verification equipment rental as to the kind of equipment, model, and brand of equipment to be procured or rental. Noting that, “you defendant Dividetta Brown Lansanah , knew or had reason to know that Tuma Enterprises , INC, is owned and operated by your two brothers , Arnold Badoo and David Brown . “ the grand jury explain.

According to the indictment from the Ministry of justice show that a review of the contract submitted to the investigation showed the bid cost estimate analysis for the facial recognition system (Smart Detect 13) submitted that USD 182,320.00 spent was not only for facial recognition system, but also other costs.

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