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 NEC Affirms Ruling of its Hearing Officer involving Senator Morias and the CDC September 1st, 2020

The Board of Commissioners (BoC) of the National Elections Commission (NEC) has affirmed the ruling of its Chief Dispute Hearing Officer in the petition of Declaratory Judgement case involving Senator Dan Morias of Maryland County against the primary conducted in Maryland County by the Coalition for Democratic (CDC).

Senator Morias of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) on 20 August 2020, filed the petition for Declaratory Judgement for the Interpretation and Enforcement of the Coalition agreement of the CDC, NPP, and the Liberia Democratic Party of Liberia (PDPL).

The BoC took the decision Monday, August 31, 2020 the NEC Headquarters in Monrovia.

The matter grew out of the case Sen. Dan Morais, Senator from Maryland County Republic of Liberia versus CDC represented by its Chairman, Mulbah Morlu and other Executive Officers.

The NEC BoC ruling, read by Commissioner Barsee Kpangbai, said, “the agreement with political parties filed with the NEC in connection with the request for a coalition status constitutes a binding agreement and, in order to ascertain compliance, the NEC has authority to hear a matter arising out of or relating to the said agreement”.

It said “having alleged facts in his petition to demonstrate he has a tangible interest at stake in this matter, Senator Marias, a member of the NPP, has legal capacity or standing to sue in this matter”.

The NEC BoC said, “that as per the said coalition agreement, the right to nominate a candidate to contest the December 8, 2020 Special Senatorial Election in Maryland County on the Coalition’s ticket belongs solely to the NPP, using the internal NPP rules and procedures”.

Meanwhile, the appellants, through Cllr. Charles Harris, took exception to the ruling of the BoC and announced an appeal to the Honorable Supreme Court of Liberia.

Cllrs. Thompson Jarppah, Alexander Zoe and Charles Harris represented the appellant, while Counsellors Sam Cooper and Stanley Kpaikene represented the appellee.  

The NEC Chairperson Davidetta Browne Lansanah, Commissioners Boikai Dukuly, Floyd Seyor, Josephine Gaye, and Barsee Kpangbai.






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Objections & Appeals on Voter Roll Update held & determined

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National Stakeholders Consultation on Referendum

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Provisional List of Candidates Published

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October 10th, 2020

Final List of Candidates Published

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Official Launch of Referendum Outreach and Media Campaign

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Release of Final Voter Roll Update Figures

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Hearing, Inquiry and Appeal processes for Exhibition

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Launch of Civic and Voter Education for Special Senatorial Election & Referendum

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Listing of Voting Precincts Published

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Announcement of Final Senatorial Election Results

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