Senatorial Candidates Violate Supreme Court Stay Order -Carry Out Pre-Campaign Activities

by Staff Writer

Monrovia – The People News has gathered that some candidates in the pending December 8, 2020 elections, particularly those contesting for the senatorial seats in Montserrado and Grand Bassa Counties are engaging into pre-campaign activities in their respective localities.

Despite the stay order placed on processes leading to the much publicized December 8 Special Senatorial elections by the Supreme Court of Liberia, some candidates are reportedly not adhering to the stay order, instead they have started campaign activities including political rallies, engagement with communities and erection of bill boards in streets corners, and public places.

Some candidates who actively in violation of the stay order are former Foreign Affairs Minister Gbehnzohngar Milton Findley of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change, Grand Bassa County incumbent Senator Nyongblee Karnga Lawrence, who is contesting on the opposition Collaborating Political Parties ticket, and Charles Vah, an independent candidate, as well as District #5 Representative Thomas P. Fallah of Montserrado county.

Grand Bassa County is hosting eight candidates for the senatorial seat in the pending elections and from all indications Senator Karnga Lawrence and former Pro tempore of the Liberian Senate Gbehnzohngar Milton Findley are leading candidates.

The actions of these individuals contravene both the 1986 constitution of Liberia and Article 10 of the new elections law. They further violate the resolution signed by political parties to guide their partisans and candidates throughout the electoral process, and same was ratified in August of this year for the purposes of the upcoming elections.

Recently, the National Elections Commission chairperson Madam Davidetta Brown Lansanah announced that all activities including the publication of qualified candidates, the official declaration of political campaign activities were declared halted until otherwise from the Supreme Court.

The NEC was mandated to disengaged from publishing the final list of qualify candidates for the December 8, 2020 as a result of a writ of mandamus filed with the High Court by Margibi County Senatorial Aspirant Mulbah Jackollie to cleaned the Final Registration Roll (FRR).

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