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The Supreme Court of Liberia is expected today, Friday November 17, 2017 to hand down opinion on a Bill of Information filed to that honorable court by the legal counsel representing the Unity Party.

On Wednesday November 15, 2017 informant (Unity Party) filed a Bill of Information to the full bench of the Supreme Court to mandate the National Elections Commission (NEC) to provide pieces of evidence to co-intervene complainant to proceed with their legal battle or prove their claim of alleged systematic frauds and gross irregularities arising from the October 10, 2017 polls.

The informant or UP stated in its Bill of Information among other things, that they need these pieces of evidence sought by the subpoenaduces tecum and subpoenasad testificadum to substantiate and prove its allegations of their complaint, adding that they cannot continue the trail before the chief dispute hearing officer without these pieces of evidence.

They also complained of delay of the first (1st) respondent NEC Board of Commissioners to give its ruling on informant’s appeal to it, is unduly delaying the hearing of the case before the chief dispute hearing officer, which is contrary to and against the order of the Supreme Court that all election disputes pending, 1st respondent should expeditiously be disposed of.

In view of this, the Supreme Court of Liberia on Wednesday summoned both parties involved in the ongoing legal fight to appear before that body and state causes why the informant’s Bill of Information as prayed for should not be granted.

During the hearing, the Chief Justice frowned on NEC for taking ten days without coming down with ruling into the complainants` appeal which is currently pending before the Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission.

Defending his party’s interest, Cllr. Benedict Sannoh said the delay by the NEC in rendering ruling on its appeal and in responding to the subpoena for the records of the investigation of the presiding officer of electoral district 3 Nimba County, is also intended to coerce them to rest their side of the case in the hearing before dispute officer without the benefit of these pieces of evidence sought the subpoenaduces Tecum and subpoenas and Testificadum.

According to him, such action violates the orders of the Supreme Court in the prohibition proceeding, and is contemptuous of the court.

When quizzed by the Chief Justice as to whether he was the best party to file the Bill of Information, the UP defend counsel noted that by NEC granting them the motion to intervene on behalf of Liberty Party, gives them full and legal right to file said bill.

It can be recalled that on October 26, 2017 the ruling establishment (UP) filed a motion at the NEC to intervene on behalf of the opposition Liberty Party and said motion was granted by the Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission.

He maintained that the opinion rendered by the court in the LP versus the NEC case for which a stay order was placed for NEC refrain from conducting the runoff election, is also applied to them and whatever ruling coming out of the court, as well reflects on the co-intervene complainant.
The UP counsel prayed the court to grant their bill of Information on grounds that the NEC is not preceding as per the mandate of the Supreme Court.

Justice Ja’neh asked the NEC legal counsel as to when the appeal was filed but in answer in the affirmative; about a week or two Justice Ja’neh who has not been satisfied by his answer, asked how many weeks do you need to rule in a matter and Musa Dean replied one week.

Musa Dean said they are interested in hearing everyone, if not they could not have allowed UP to intervene in the matter at this time.

Meanwhile, after listening to both sides of the arguments, the court reserved its ruling into the matter for today Friday November 17, 2017.

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