Speaking at a news conference on Friday, May 6, 2022 at the Headquarters of the NEC, the Chairperson of NEC, Madam Davidetta Browne Lansanah, indicated that it will not be feasible to conduct the Lofa County Senatorial By-Election on 10 of May 2022 as earlier planned.
According to the NEC boss, the Commission has also communicated its decision with the Liberian Legislature.
“Due to the ongoing legal dispute between the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) Versus the All Liberian Party (ALP) and the Unity Party relative to the participation of an aspirant under the Unity Party in the said by-election, the Commission has determined that it will not be feasible to conduct the Lofa County Senatorial By-election on 10 of May 2022 as earlier planned,” she announced.
“The Commission has already communicated this position to the Honorable Liberian Legislature, given that any extension of the By-election date beyond the ninety - day constitutional provision will require further legal mandate,” she explained.
Once received, the NEC chair maintained that the Commission will communicate a new date for the By-election to the people of Lofa and the Liberian People in general following the final disposition by the Honorable Supreme Court of Liberia of the appeal related to the said 2022 Lofa County Senatorial By-election.
The Commissioned then called on all citizens of Lofa County and interested stakeholders in the Lofa County Senatorial By-election to remain calm and peaceful as the legal process unfolds.
“On a said note, unrelated to the Lofa County By-election, the NEC has learned with disbelief the unfortunate incident of the mysterious disappearance of its Logistics Officer in Grand Gedeh County, Mr. Alfred T. Dunner. This incident has been reported to the Liberian National Police, and the Commission will continue to make follow ups on the process of the investigation. In the meantime, we call on all Liberians to keep Mr. Dunner and his family in our prayers for his safe return,” she added.
The controversial Lofa County by-election is in consonance of Article 37 of the Liberian Constitution, which states: “In the event of a vacancy in the Legislature caused by death, resignation, expulsion or otherwise, the presiding officer shall within 30 days notify the Elections Commission thereof. The Elections Commission shall not later than 90 days thereafter cause a by-election to be held; provided that where such vacancy occurs within 90 days prior to the holding of general elections, the filling of the vacancy shall await the holding of such general elections.”
The pending process is triggered by the disqualification of Senator-elect Brownie Jeffrey Samukai, who was convicted several counts of criminal charges.
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