The re-run comes after the Paramount Chief of Ndomo Town, McGill Wleh seized ballot boxes and prevented the election from going on due to what he termed as illegal voting in that part of the county. On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, Justice Sie-A-NyeneYuoh cited the CDC Gbarpolu County Senatorial Candidate, Koiwood legal team and the NEC thru its Chairperson Davidetta Brown- Lassanah to a conference with her on Friday, January 8, 2021 at the hour of 11:00am in connection with the said Writ of Prohibition. According to the petitioner, the NEC failed to investigate the allegation of voter fraud, election violence and irregularities that took place during the December 8, 2020 Gbarpolu Senatorial Election.
Cllr. Arthur Johnson, on behalf of Candidate Koiwood, requested Justice Yuoh to grant the petition for the Writ of Prohibition; issue a pre-emptor Writ to stay all orders proceeding and subsequently issue an alternative Writ against the NEC.
Additionally, Cllr, Johnson said Madam Botoe Kanneh, who is the leading candidate also filed a complaint before the NEC, alleging the election violence and fraud against the electoral body of violence and fraud of which, he said, is affecting the conduct of the election in the county. Cllr. Johnson said their action of reaching to the Supreme Court was due to numerous complaints filed on behalf of his client, Rep. Koiwood; a motion for change of venue for the hearing of his case before the NEC’s Assistant Magistrate in the Gbarpolu County, Willie Sumo and also the petition for summary proceeding filed before the Board of Commissioners of the NEC.
According to Cllr. Johnson, they informed the board of Commissioners to prohibit and correct the alleged illegal conduct of Magistrate Sumo and they also filed a stay order before the board of commissioners against the conduct of the election but the Commissioners did not address the matter. Cllr. Johnson contended that NEC cannot proceed to conduct re-run the election in the face of the allegation made by them as well assigning the hearing of the Motions for stay order and summary proceedings. However, the petitioner said the Commissioner violated Rep. Koiwood’s due process under the 1986 Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, Article 2 and Chapter III, Article 20.