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The Supreme Court of Liberia is expected to make final determination in another election dispute brought before it by a ‘defeated’ representative candidate of district #2, Konoboh Statutory District, Grand Gedeh County, against the National Elections Commission (NEC).

The case stemmed from complaints of alleged irregularities, massive fraud, and cheating which representative Candidate Patrick Bowah claims led to his defeat during the October 10, 2017 elections.
Mr. George Boley, former head of the Liberia Peace Council (LPC), one of the destructively dangerous warring factions of the civil war, was declared winner of the vote in the District.
The Court’s expected decision followed the resting of arguments before the full bench by lawyers representing the legal interests of the Patrick Bowah (appellant), NEC (1appellee) and George Boley (2nd appellee).
Appellant Bowah took appeal to the Supreme Court after the Board of Commissioners of NEC dismissed his appeal on grounds it was not filed within the statutory time of 48 hours, though it is argued the appeal was filed with the elections magistrate of Grand Gedeh County.
During the argument, lawyer for appellant Bowah said the appeal was consistent with section 6.3 of the new elections law of Liberia of 1986, amended January 29, 2003 and consequently December 23, 2004.
He argued though the appeal was filed with the NEC board of commissioners, appellant was not called or cited for hearing of the appeal until he (Bowah) came to make follow up.
As justification of his claims of fraud and irregularities, he also noted that out of 1,740 persons registered in Glay Town precinct; only 600 plus voted while 1, 99 plus persons did not vote.
The appellant’s appeal indicated that at the call of the appeal by the Board of Commissioners of NEC, counsel prayed for the dismissal of appellant’s appeal for not being filed within statutory time of 48 hours as of the date of the magistrate’s ruling.
But the counsel for appellant resisted and drew the Board’s attention to the fact that the appeal was filed within the statutory time since the appeal was filed with the NEC election magistrate in grand Gedeh county within the 48 hours as mentioned and consequently forwarded to the Board of Commissioners via email.
On the basis of this, counsel representing appellant prays the court to review, overturn and reverse the Board of Commissioners’ ruling, and as well grant unto appellant any and all relief which the court deems just, legal and equitable.
According to the appellant’s bill of exceptions, the Board of Commissioners of NEC committed a reversible error when it failed to accept its filing.
For his part, counsel for first defendant prayed the high court to dismiss appellant’s appeal on grounds that it lacks legal merit.
Having heard argument from both parties involved in this electoral battle, the Supreme Court over the weekend reserved ruling and is expected to make final determination into said dispute.

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