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Former Justice Minister has asserted that the National Elections Commission (NEC) has committed legal fraud in the recent October 10, 2017 Presidential and Representative elections.

Cllr. Benedict Sannoh, who is also a lawyer for the ruling establishment in the case, explained that the standard for one or parties to prove legal fraud can be determined by the court.
“There are two types of frauds, actual and legal fraud which the NEC committed during the elections process,” he said. Sannoh made the assertion during final argument on Friday at the Supreme Court following an appeal that grew out the NEC Board of Commissioner’s final ruling in the alleged systematic fraud, gross regularities and breech of constitution arising from the October 10, 2017 elections in the country.
According to him, the electoral body failed to adhere to its own regulations and other provisions of the Elections Law as well as the Constitution of Liberia.
The New Elections Law of 1982 provides that the commission publish the FRR at various election magistrate offices across the country.
Cllr. Sannoh pointed out that the publication of the FRR, failure by the NEC to make available presiding officers White-Sheets, and the exhibition of voter ID are amongst the many provisions of the law that were violated during the elections.
He stated that the failure by the NEC to publish the final registration roll as provided for by law is in violation of the institution voting regulations; as such it would be dishonest to the country to allow the NEC proceed with the runoff without addressing these issues.
He noted that if processes leading to the elections are not done legally it is criminal, therefore, if the court should order a runoff it is equally important not to close their eyes to the many challenges in the system, without correcting them.
“In this light, we pray into the alternative for this honorable court not to close your eyes to the wrongs in the system and order that the FRR be sensitized or cleared up and make show that duplicated names are removed from the system,” Cllr. Sannoh maintained.
He further said for an institution like the NEC who supposed to bring fairness to the process for the integrity of the nation should have made available their applications as requested for by the appellants.
“Should we close our eyes to the many irregularities committed and proceed; we say no, this must be cleared up so as to bring dignity to the process.”
He also prayed that high court disqualified appellee’s executive director because he has compromised himself; making it even more difficult for him to preside over any elections in Liberia.
Meanwhile, NEC lead lawyer Cllr. Frank Musa Dean disclosed told the court that his client (NEC) had put into measures to avoid some of the problems or challenges experienced during the October 10 polls.

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