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Supreme Court Holds Results of 3 Counties in Senate Elections

4 January 2015, 8:56 am Written by 
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Three of the 15 senators-elect in the just-ended Special Senatorial Elections did not receive certificate because the Supreme Court has placed a stay order on the results of the

polls in the three counties. The counties include Margibi, Grand Cape Mount and Bomi.

The Supreme Court orders stems from three separate complaints filed by three losing candidates in the elections.

“This program was intended to certificate the 15 senators-elect of the 15 counties. Last night we received an order from His Honor Justice Philip Banks, prohibiting the certification of the winners of Grand Cape Mount County in the person of Cllr. Varney Sherman,” said the Chairman of the National Elections Commission, Cllr. Jerome Korkoyah Saturday at certification ceremony NEC’s Sinkor headquarters.

“This morning, just proceeding to this hall, we received two more orders from His Honor Justice Banks, prohibiting the certification of the winners of Bomi County in person of Mr. Morris Saytumah and Margibi County in person of Mr. Jim Tornonlah,” Cllr. Korkoyah further informed the audience in the NEC conference room.

“On the strength of the order of the Justice, which we are required to obey, the National Elections Commission deeply regret the inconveniences caused these people and their family. That is the law; we have to obey it.”

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler said he was taken aback by the decision of the high court, adding that it did not draw any strength from within the doctrine of separation of powers.

Speaker Tyler: “We do understand that the court is part of the democracy we all have been yearning for, but it is equally important to say here that political question must be left with politicians while constitutional question be left with the court. We know that there are laid down rules, processes and procedures that losers who contest the result must follow before going to the Supreme Court.

“We want our colleagues on the other side to understand that while it is important that all of us must work together to strength our emerging democracy, it is important that we play our parts well.”

Meanwhile proceeding into the matter is expected to come on at the Temple of Justice on Monday, January 5, 2015.

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