NEC Certificates Sherman, Saytumah
The Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission or NEC has finally announced Unity Party’s Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount and Morris Saytumah of Bomi County as winners of the December 20, 2014 Special Senatorial Election.
The two individuals’ certification ceremony was earlier halted by a writ of prohibition from Chamber Justice Philip A. Z. Banks of the Supreme Court of Liberia on the basis of separate complaints filed against their results.
Following two days of intense investigations, the Commission said Cllr. Varney Sherman, Chairman of the ruling Unity Party ‘fairly, transparently and freely’ won the election as also Mr. Saytumah of Bomi County.
The ruling of NEC will see both Sherman and Saytumah as senators- elect. The commission, through its chairman, Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya, said it was established that recounting was done during the investigation conducted in Monrovia, Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties respectively.
However, Chamber Justice Banks is yet to issue the court’s ruling, delaying the two men from taking their seats and participating in the President Pro Tempore election on Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters, following the NEC ruling, Senator-elect Saytumah described the ruling of the commission as joyful for the people of Bomi County, while Sherman noted that the case was reducing his nine year- employment at the senate, vowing that those who involved will pay dearly through the legal means.
However, the National Election Commission is still investigating the complaint filed against Margibi County’s winner, Rev. Jim Tornolah.