By Charles B. Yates
The Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia has rejected the request from Mr. Alymer B. Johnson of the Liberia Scrap Association (LSA), to issue a writ of prohibition on the nullification of the recent election result of the LSA. The Supreme Court in its communication addressed to the Chairman of the LSA Election Commissioner, Hassan Bass, said it has no original jurisdiction on the matter supra and therefore it cannot issue a writ of prohibition on the nullification of the Feb 26, 2013 election result.
Recently, the Election Commission of the LSA nullified the Feb 26, 2013 election result following a protest filed on the result from two of the presidential candidates. The two candidates accused the Commission of indulging in electoral malpractices and therefore they could not accept the election result. As a matter of grave concern to the credibility of the Election Commission, the result was nullified and an investigation was launched into the matter.
Mr. Johnson who was declared the winner of the said disputed election result took an appeal to the Supreme Court praying that the Supreme Court issue a writ of prohibition on the nullification of the election result.
Following a careful observation of the matter, the Supreme Court under the justice in chamber Siea-a-nyene G. Yuoh, Associate Justice handed down its official position on Sept 25, 2013 addressed to Mr. Hassan Bass chairman of the Election Commission informing him that it has no original jurisdiction on the matter supra.
While the matter was at the Supreme Court, Aylmer B. Johnson organized an inauguration ceremony, installing himself into office without the Supreme Court’s ruling, something which exhibited a total disrespect to the nation’s highest court and final arbiter of the law.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission of the Scrap Association has welcomed the ruling from the Supreme Court. Commissioner Hassan Bass told reporters over the weekend that Mr. Edwin Urey will remain president of the association until a new election is held. Mr. Bass has also called on the public not to do business with Mr. Aylmer Johnson in the name as president of the LSA.