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Senate summons NEC

The Liberian Senate has summoned the National Elections Commission or NEC, including its chairman Cllr. Jerome Korkoya to provide update on how it intends to fix the problems associated with the runoff election as contained in the modification of the Supreme Court’s Opinion.

The communication, which came from Lofa County Senator Stephen J. H. Zargo notes that the Supreme Court on Thursday, December 7, 2017 came down with its opinion, upholding the ruling of the Commission in the Liberty Party, Unity Party vs. the NEC prohibition case.

The Supreme Court mandates the NEC to fix problems that occasioned the bringing of appeal before it. ‘’In that the Supreme Court’s affirmation of the decision earlier taken by NEC, modifications to the effect of publishing and making available the Final Registration Role (FRR) to all electoral magistrates for subsequent display at all polling places across the country; the cleaning up of the FRR, wherein persons whose names were not on same should not be allowed to vote; that addendum to the FRR be limited to those within the NEC polling and counting manual ; and that officials of NEC refrain from making utterances on matters growing out of the runoff election which would likely be issues of possible future electoral dispute, finally lifting the stay order previously placed on the runoff election’’ Senator Zargo’s communication reads.

He therefore asks the Senate to invite officials of NEC, including Chairman Korkoya to appear and explain how they intend to address these concerns. Meanwhile, the Liberian Senate has summoned the NEC to appeal before next Tuesday, to answer to those questions.

By Bridgett Milton

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