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Supreme Court Grants Senatorial Aspirant Writ of Mandamus Against NEC

MONROVIA,LIBERIA - The Justice-in-Chambers of the  Supreme Court of Liberia, Sie-A-Nyene G. Yuoh, has ordered the  National Elections Commission (NEC) to conduct a transparent hearing into the matter concerning a senatorial aspirant. 

The Supreme Court is regarded as the final arbiter of justice in the country. Accordingly, this followed the filing of a Writ of Mandamus by Senatorial Aspirant Mulbah S. Jackollie of Margibi County against the NEC. Justice In- Chamber Yuoh ruled that based on the fact the NEC didn't serve aspirant Jackollie due process by investigating the matter, it must be reheard. Justice Yuoh ordered that Chairlady Davidetta Browne Lansannah and officials of the NEC conduct a transparent hearing into the matter and make a determination. The senatorial aspirant stated in his official complaint that he had gone through almost all the processes to be certified by the NEC, but got ill and could not go to the NEC headquarters in person to submit a passport size photo.

Based on his illness, he said that he sent some relatives with his passport size photo, but they were denied on ground that they needed his physical presence. With that response from the NEC,  the Margibi County Aspirant  through his legal Counsel, Cllr. Jallah Barbu, filed a Writ of Mandamus against the NEC. The Writ of Mandamus under the Liberian law is a special proceeding to obtain a writ requiring the respondent to perform an official duty. It is not a a preventive remedy, but is essentially a coercive writ, one that commands performance. It can be recalled that on October 9, 2020, Justice Youh notified the NEC by and thru its chairperson and all commissioners and authorities responsible for elections matter serving under her leadership and their authority about the matter. She then ordered the Commission through its Chairperson and her deputies on election matter to immediately put a halt on publishing the listing of candidates until Aspirant Jackollie' complaint is judicially addressed.

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