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 NEC Press Release on the District #15 Post Election Complaints August 13th, 2019

13 August 2019

Ruling into complaints filed against NEC on the conduct of the District 15 By-election will be handed down on Wednesday August 14, 2019.

Speaking following the final arguments in the case, NEC Independent Hearing Officer Cllr. Mauna Ville urged all parties to be present for the ruling at 2pm at the NEC Headquarters in Monrovia.

Cllr. Ville thanked all parties for their professional conduct and the speed at which they covered 18 witnesses overall during the short course of the hearings.

The hearings into the complaints, which affects 20 polling places in the District, started on August 7, 2019 at the NEC Headquarters.

Following the conduct of the By-election in the District on July 29, 2019, two of the seven candidates, Telia Urey of the ALP and independent candidate Bishop Frank, complained against the NEC for “several irregularities”, which they say amounts to election “fraud”.

NEC immediately quarantined the results from the affected 20 Polling places and launched an immediate investigation into the matter through its Hearing Office. Over the period of the hearings, the Petitioners, led by lead counsel Lavala Supuwood, presented 14 witnesses. The Respondents, NEC, represented by Atty. Teege Jalloh, produced six witnesses. Jonathan Massaquoi was the lead counsel for the interveners.

The Petitioners’ 14 witnesses included candidates Telia Urey and Bishop Frank, while NEC’s six witnesses included its Data Center and Training Directors Floyd Sayor and James Wallace respectively.

Meanwhile, the National Elections Commission is urging the public to remain peaceful and await the final ruling on Wednesday. NEC says it remains resolute in protecting the right of all voters of District 15 as reflected in their votes on July 29, 2019.

Cllr. Mauna Ville heads the NEC Independent Hearing team conducting the hearings. The other members are Cllr. Joseph Blidi, Atty. Annie Broderick, and Atty. Anthony Kromah.

Henry Flomo
Communications Director/NEC

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