NEC Board Dismisses Kromah’s Appeal Against Sherman

The Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission (NEC) has denied and dismissed an appeal filed by Dr. FodayKromah against its January 16, 2015 ruling in which it reaffirmed the Election of Cllr. Varney Sherman as senator of Grand Cape Mount County.

The Board reached the decision Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in the hearing of a Motion to dismiss the appeal filed by lawyers representing Cllr. Varney Shermen of the Unity Party.

The lawyers of Cllr. Sherman argued that it was important for the Commission to dismiss the appeal on grounds that Dr. Kromah and his lawyer failed to file their bill of exception before the Supreme Court within the statutory period of seven days after filing the appeal.

In its ruling, the Board said Dr. Kromah and his lawyer failed to complete the appeal process as required by law.

In concert with Section 6.7 and 6.8(b) of the New Elections Law of 1986 and Section 10.6 of the Civil Procedural law of Liberia Dr. Kromah and his lawyer were required to file the appeal before the Supreme Court within seven days following the announcing of the appeal as well as deposit in government coffers the amount of three Thousand United States Dollars (USD3, 000.00).

But the Board said as far as the Commission is concerned, there is no record to the effect before the Commission.

Meanwhile the Board of Commissioners of the NEC has reaffirmed the election of Cllr. Sherman as Senator of Grand Cape Mount County, but said it could not proceed with the certification of Cllr. Sherman because of the current Supreme Court Stay order against his certification.

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