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Handle With Care...supreme Court Urged
Thursday 15th September 2011
Several lawsuits have begun pouring into the Supreme Court. At last count, at least four political parties and figures have filed a writ against the National Elections Commission and candidates in the presidential race, seeking to have them barred from running for the highest office in the land.

Cllr. Marcus Jones of the Victory for Change Party is seeking prohibition from the Supreme Court to stop 11 of the 16 candidates qualified by the National Elections Commission from participating in next month’s elections.

According to the Jones, the targets of his lawsuit do not meet the constitution requirements but were qualified by the NEC.

In a separate writ filed before the court, Cllr. Varney Sherman and Fred Cheru, Senior Senator from River Gee County have filed a writ of prohibition with the Supreme Court of Liberia against the National Elections Commission, seeking to declare null and void Article 1.1 of the July 21, 2011 Resolution issued by the NationalElections Commission, as it is inconsistent with and contrary to general principles of law on the computation of votes in an election.

The writ is praying that the court, render a ruling/judgment that Article 1.1 of the resolution on endorsement of Referendum results is invalid, null and void; invalid votes should not have been considered in the computation of the resultsof the National Referendum; the National Referendum was successful in so far as Article 83b of the Constitution is concerned and that said Article 83b is accordingly amended.

In the wake of recent developments and scores of lawsuits now before the Supreme Court, we urge the Chief Justice and his Associates to weigh the cases and various writs carefully before coming to a conclusion.

Liberia has come too far to continue to remain boggled down by miniscule issues which threaten to throw the progress made since the end of the war back to the dark ages.

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