Supreme Court Suspends Hearing

By Edwin G. Wandah

Hearing in the case involving the National Elections Commission versus certain parties opposing the holding of election has been suspended by the Supreme Court of Liberia.

Last week, some political parties, including the Movement for Progressive Change-MPC political leader, Simeon Freeman; former Internal Affairs and Information Ministers, Blamo Nelson and Emmanuel Bowier filed a petition of prohibition to the Supreme Court, protesting the holding of elections.

After the petition for prohibition was filed amidst campaigning in the Special Senatorial Elections to Associate Justice in Chamber, Justice Philip A.Z. Banks III, the Supreme Court, with immediate effect suspended all activities linking to the election, including, campaigning and electoral slogans until all parties can proceed to the Supreme Court on Tuesday which was yesterday.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor Sr. has expressed dismay that while traveling to work on that fateful day set for the hearing, the case was already being discussed on a talk show at a local radio station (name withheld).

Hence, the writ of prohibition was filed before Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks III, is now before the full Bench of the Supreme Court and it is likely to be decided at a later date. However, the National Elections Commission-NEC was expected to file their returns on Tuesday.

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