Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh, Pioneer for Democracy and the Rule of Law in Liberia for over four decades, has declared that the Petition filed before the Supreme Court of Liberia for holding elections after the end of Ebola is a legitimate matter for the Judiciary to deliberate on.
Dr. Tipoteh made this declaration over the weekend in response to the decision of the Supreme Court to the effect that the Special Senatorial Elections can be held before the end of Ebola according to the elections schedule determined by the National Elections Commission (NEC).
Dr. Tipoteh said that the Petition is a judicial matter because it is a Constitutional Matter and the Judiciary exists to deal with Constitutional Matters. According to Dr. Tipoteh, the Petition is a Constitutional Matter because it concerns the rights of the people of Liberia.
The Constitution, insists Dr. Tipoteh, rises or falls on the basis of its call for the protection and promotion of the rights of the people. Dr. Tipoteh says that the most important right is the right to life, which is at the foundation of the Constitution of Liberia.
The Petition concerns the right to life, maintains Dr. Tipoteh, because it points out correctly that the massive touching of people that occurs during elections campaigning results in the spread of ebola and the deaths of many Liberians.
Therefore, Dr. Tipoteh is stressing that any matter that has to do with the protection and promotion of the right to life is the most important matter of the Constitution and must necessarily be a judicial matter to anyone who understands correctly the constitutional duties of the Judiciary. Dr. Tipoteh ended his response by stating that “with God above our rights to prove, let truth and justice prevail; all hail Liberia, all hail”