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The Board of Commissioners (BoC) of the National Elections Commission (NEC) has ordered a recount of ballots in 7 of the 111 polling places in Rivercess County, weeks after it declared journalist Willington Gevon Smith the winner of the December 8 election in that part of the country.

NEC took the decision in a ruling Monday 11 January 2021 following a motion filed against the result by independent candidate Steve Tequah.

Lawyers representing Mr. Tequah were praying that the BOC will order a re-count in all of the 111 centers across Rivercess County.

Liberians went to the polls on December 8, 2020 in a midterm election to elect 15 new senators. NEC on Friday certificated five of the 15 senators saying the results of 10, some of whom it had initially declared as winners were being disputed.

NEC Chair Davidetta Browne Lansanah ordered the recount following the ruling of the NECs BOC that a re-count will be conducted in 7 out of the 111 polling places in Rivercess County.

In other cases Monday, the NEC BoC also handed down ruling in cases involving CDC, Alex Tyler, Appellant Verse NEC and Edwin Snowe first and second respondents respectively.

Others were the Grand Gedeh County case, Liberia Restoration Party, by and through Thomas Yaya Nimely, Appellant, verses CDC, by and through Zoe Emmanuel Penneh, Appellee and the Maryland County case, CDC, by and through James Bannie verses H. Dan Marias, Independent.

In the Bomi county case, CDC, by and through Alex Tyler verses NEC first respondent and Edwin Snowe second respondent, the BOC, through its Chairperson Davidetta Browne Lansanah granted the motion of Cllr. Amara Sheriff representing Alex Tyler, that the full minutes from previous hearings be served.

In the Board’s Ruling Monday, in the case, Liberia Restoration Party, through Thomas Yaya Nimely verses NEC, and Zoe Penneh in the Grand Gedeh county case alleging electoral irregularities, the BOC through its Chairperson Davidetta Browne Lansanah granted the motion for the full minutes to be given to appealing party.

The BOC, in the Maryland County case, with motion electoral irregularities, Dan Morias Independent Candidate verses NEC and James Bannie, the NEC’s BOC, through its Chairperson granted the motion for continuous as pray for by both lawyers, Cllr. Stanley Kpakaline and Charles Harris representing their separate parties.

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