Chief Justice: “NEC Will Be Blamed for Runoff Delay”

first_imgNEC Lawyers arrival at the courtBy Abednego Davis and David S. MenjorThe Supreme Court will on Monday November 6 render their opinion as to whether or not they will issue the writ of Prohibition compelling the National Elections Commission (NEC) to stop all activities leading to the conduct of the runoff election, pending the outcome of the Liberty part’s complaint of election irregularities, frauds and violation of the constitutional rights of several Liberians during the October 10 presidential and legislative elections.At the much anticipated hearing on Friday, November 3 at the Supreme Court that was held to determine whether or not the Supreme Court should issue the Writ of Prohibition on the conduct of the runoff election, Chief Justice Francis Korkpor said the public should not blame the court for delay in the electoral process.Ruling into the request for the writ of prohibition has been scheduled for Monday Nov. 6.Justice Korkpor’s clarification was made when the five Justices heard argument by both the lawyers of the Liberty Party that is seeking the writ and the National Elections Commission.“NEC will be responsible for any delay in the holding of the runoff election if they do not speed up in the hearing and determination of the LP’s complaints,” Kporkpor said, adding that, “Unless NEC hears the LP’s complaint and their decision is challenged and an appeal is taken by the LP, before the Supreme Court can hear the merit and demerit of the complaint.”Before that, Justice Kporkpor told the crowed court that they were there on Friday to decide the merit and demerit of the complaint because the matter was pending before the NEC for determination.Meanwhile, Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh who currently serves as the chamber Justice, palaced on Tuesday October 31 a temporarily stay order the conduct of the November 7 runoff pending the hearing of the matter by the full bench (five Justices).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

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