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NEC Denies Motion to Dismiss Appeal From Senator Morias Against CDC

MONROVIA,LIBERIA - The Board of Commissioners (BOC) of the National Elections Commission (NEC) has denied a motion to dismiss appeal from the Movant, Senator H. Dan Morais of Maryland County against the Coalition for Democratic Change(CDC).

The action grown out of the case CDC represented by its Chairman, Mr. Mulbal Morlu and other Executive Officers all of the City of Monrovia, as Appellant versus Senator H. Dan Morais from Maryland County as Appellee. It can be recalled that on 31 August 2020, the BOC rendered ruling in this case, affirming with modification the Hearing Panel’s final ruling, but not satisfied with the BOC’S ruling, Appellant CDC excepted, and announced appeal to the Honorable Supreme Court. Immediately following the action by the Appellant, on 3 September 2020, Senator Morais, movant filed the instant motion to dismiss the appeal. Reading the rulingon Tuesday, 16 September 2020 on behalf of the BOC, Commissioner Josephine Kou Gaye said Section 9.5 of the Regulations on Complaints and Appeals of 2016 provides that “Determination of NEC Board of Commissioners on the complaint can be appealed to the Supreme Court of Liberia no later than 48 hours after the determination is issued.”

Commissioner Gaye said in view of the foregoing, the Respondent’s resistance was sustained and that the Movant’s motion wasdenied. The NEC Commissioner with Oversight on Communications said the Board would proceed to consider respondent’s bill of exceptions concerning its appeal to the Honorable Supreme Court. Representing the Board of Commissioners were Chairperson Davidetta Browne Lansanah, Commissioners Boakai A. Dukuly, Barsee Leo Kpangbai, Cllr. Ernestine Morgan-Awar, Floyd Osley Sayor and Josephine Kou Gaye. It was noted in court that the Co-Chairperson of NEC, Cllr. P. Teplah Reeves did not hear this Motion and could not therefore participate in its determination.When the Motion was called, Cllr. Stanley S. Kparkillen and Cllr. Sam Y. Cooper appeared for the Movant, while Cllr. Amara M. Sheriff and Cllr. Charles Harris appeared for the Respondent.

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