By Edwin G. Wandah
The Fourteen lawmakers, Edwin Snowe and all, who took the Government of Liberia to court, have withdrawn their case, citing insufficient time and the recent Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the holding of the elections as some of the reasons, while, lawyers representing Robert A. Sirleaf, an Independent candidate, have begged for time to prepare their case. The lawyer representing the fourteen lawmakers, Representative Edwin M. Snowe and all, on Tuesday, told the Chief Justice and two of the Associate Justices during the hearing that his clients, the fourteen lawmakers, have told him that they were disregarding the entire process on grounds that the recent ruling from the Supreme Court has compelled them to take such decision.
For Independent Candidate Robert A. Sirleaf, due to the prevailing situation, with the ruling in the electoral process and not having adequate time to consult his supporters, he prayed the honorable Supreme Court to grant his motion for continuance.
Both the Petitioner and the Liberian Government in the case filed their brief yesterday morning hence, the Writ of Prohibition challenging the President’s Executive Order 65 immediately claimed the attention of several persons including, Political Parties, Independent Candidates and ordinary citizens who believed that the President’s Executive Order was unjustifiable, and unconstitutional.
Based on that, candidate Robert A. Sirleaf went to the Supreme Court demanding an urgent redress to his complaint, but his action also disproved those who believed that since the President, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was the mother of Robert A. Sirleaf; she was playing political game to manipulate the elections result in her son’s (Robert Sirleaf) favor.
Meanwhile, the “Writ of Prohibition”, in the instance case, Robert A. Sirleaf, who is contesting as an Independent Candidate for Montserrado County Senatorial Elections was put on hold, when his lawyer requested the Supreme Court for a continuance in his motion.
In the instance case, Petitioner, Independent Candidate, in the ensuing Montserrado County Senatorial Election was dully qualified and certificated to participate in said elections by the National Elections Commission-NEC of the Republic of Liberia.
Petitioner further stated in a brief filed before the Supreme Court that after campaign was declared opened by NEC, petitioner immediately began to produce campaign materials such as T-shirts, pens, etc. and after his supporters that he would in the soonest possible time launch his campaign in Montserrado County, the Government of Liberia promulgated Executive Order #65, thereby putting a halt to campaign activities for one month prior to elections.
Petitioner, after that, fled to the Supreme Court crying foul play and prayed the Court for the Writ of Prohibition against the respondents, and that the constitutionality of the issues involved in the Petition and the Answer, the matter forwarded to the full Bench of the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court suspended the two issues, granting the fourteen lawmakers request to withdraw their case, and in the same vein suspended the Robert A. Sirleaf’s request for motion continuance and fined the Government of Liberia US200,00 for filing its brief on Tuesday morning, copies of which motion were not served to the Associate Justices and Chief Justice.