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NEC dashes Chambers Tokpah NDAuthorities at the National Elections Commission or NEC have dashed the hopes of Maryland County Representative Dr. Bhofal Chambas and Cuttington University President Dr. Henrique Tokpah’s of becoming senators.

Both men had challenged the December 20, 2014 Senatorial election results in their respective counties with hopes of overturning the results in their favors.

But the Board of Commissioners of NEC in its ruling Thursday confirmed the election of Glehbo Brown as Senator of Maryland County in the December 20, 2014 Special Senatorial Election, while reaffirming a February 3, 2015 ruling of a local Magistrate in Bong County confirming Sen. Jewel Howard Taylor as winner of said election in that area.

The Board took the decision when it handed down ruling into the case: “Gross Irregularities In the Electoral Process” filed by Dr. Bhofal Chambas against the NEC, the Elections Management of Maryland County and the Republic of Liberia.

In its ruling, the Board of Commissioners affirmed the information contained in the Maryland County Elections Hearing Officer’s December 24, 2014 Letter and the Elections Magistrate’s December 27, 2014 final ruling into the complaint of irregularities in the conduct of the election in Maryland County.

The Board held that Dr. Chambas failed to provide sufficient proof to support his allegation of irregularities in the Special Senatorial Election in Maryland County.

The Supreme Court of Liberia few months ago mandated the Commission to rehear the Bhafal Chambas Elections Irregularities Case in concert with Section 2.4 of the New Elections Law of Liberia.

Meanwhile, the Commission has also affirmed the February 3, 2015 Ruling of the Elections Magistrate of Bong County thereby confirming the election of Jewel Howard Taylor as Senator of Bong County.

The Elections Irregularities Case from Bong County was filed by Dr. Henrique Tokpah against the NEC and Jewel Howard Taylor of the National Patriotic Party (NPP).

According to the NEC Board of Commissioners, Dr. Tokpah did not prove his allegation of irregularities in the conduct of the December 20, 2014 Election in Bong County.

The lawyers of both Dr. Chambas and Dr. Tokpah have announced separate appeals before the Supreme Court.-Edited by Othello B. Garblah

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