NEC Grants Motion In Cape Mount Election Dispute; Summary Proceeding To Be heard Today

The Hearing Officer of the National Elections Commission (NEC) has granted a motion for Summary Proceeding in the Grand Cape Mount County electoral dispute case, as prayed for by lawyers representing the Complainant, Victor Watson of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) versus Simeon Taylor of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP).

The NEC Hearing Officer, Atty. Fomba Swaray on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 granted the Summary Proceeding after listening to arguments by lawyers representing the complainant Victor Watson, led by Cllr. Alhaji Swaliu Sesay versus the defendant, Simeon Taylor of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), led by Cllr. Benedict Sannoh.

The Supreme Court of Liberia, after hearing an appeal motion filed by Victor Watson, weeks ago, in the Cape Mount County Special Senatorial Election case, reminded the case to NEC, asking it to take full jurisdiction of the matter and investigate allegations, including double registration and voting, pre-marked ballots, and forging of signatures.

The NEC Board of Commissioners (BOC), after the reading of the Mandate from the Supreme Court, ordered its Hearing Officer Attorney Fomba Swaray to take charge of the matter.

Meanwhile the Board of Commissioners of NEC has set Wednesday, 19 May 2021 as the date to hear the Summary Proceedings, which was granted by its Hearing Officer, and is now awaiting ruling.

The case grew out of the action of a hearing into the motion of elections irregularities and fraud in the Grand Cape Mount County Special Senatorial Election Case, filed by Victor Watson of the CDC versus the NEC as first Defendant and Simeon Taylor as second defendant. This is the third seating of the case, at the headquarters of the NEC in Sinkor.

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