Free At Last! -AS NEC Clears Former Defense Minister Samukai

by Staff Writer

At long last, the National Elections Commission (NEC) has qualified Former Defense Minister J. Brownie Samukai to contest in the pending December 8, 2020 senatorial election in Lofa Country.

On October 20, 2020, the Board of Commissioners (BoCs) of the National Elections Commission affirmed the ruling of its dispute hearing officer in an appeal of preliminary injunction filed by Korvah M. Jorgbor of the City of Monrovia to prohibit J. Brownie Samukai from participating in the pending process over his criminal record.

The ruling of the Board of Commissioners of the NEC confirmed and affirmed the acceptance letter issued the Co-Appellee Samukai of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) to contest in the December 8, 2020 senatorial race contrary to the plea by Jorgbor to deny Him (Samukai) from partaking in the upcoming election on grounds of questionable character.

As you may be aware, Samukai was among other former executives of the Ministry of National Defense (MoD) who were earlier this year indicted by Criminal Court “C” for misapplying Arm Forces of Liberia personnel funds and were given the period of one year to restitute said money or risk incarceration at the Monrovia Central Prison (South Beach).

Handling down the BOCs Verdict, NEC Co-chairperson Cllr. P. Teeplah Reeves said the acceptance letter of Co-Appellee Brownie J. Samukai of the Collaborating Political Parties, qualifying him and placing his name on the listing of qualified aspirants/candidates to contest the 8 December 2020 Special Senatorial Election in Lofa County is hereby confirmed and affirmed.

Co-chairperson Cllr. Reeves said in addition to the Board’s ruling, Section 24.6 of the Criminal Procedure law states that the taking of an appeal shall stay the enforcement of the judgment, sentence or order from which the appeal is taken and arrest all further proceedings pending decision on the appeal.

The case grows out of an appeal action for Preliminary Injunction by appellant Korvah Jorgbor et all of the City of Monrovia as Objectors versus Brownie J. Samukai, first respondent and the Collaborating Political Party, CPP, Intervener-Respondent.

Accordingly; all seven members of the Board of Commissioners (BOC), Chairperson Davidetta Browne Lansanah, Co-chairperson Cllr. P. Teplah Reeves, Commissioners Boakai A. Dukuly, Cllr. Ernestine Morgan Awar, Floyd Oxley Sayor, Barsee Leo Kpangbai and Josephine Kou Gaye heard the case and signed the ruling.

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