The National Elections Commission (NEC) has certificated the senators elect of Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties.
The certification of Cllr. Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County and Cllr. Morris Saytumah of Bomi County took place Monday at the headquarters of the National Elections Commission in Monrovia.
On January 3, 2015, the NEC certificated 12 of the 15 senators elected during the December 20, 2014 Special Senatorial Election but Three of the senators elect, Cllr. Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County, Cllr. Morris Saytumah of Bomi County and James Tornolah of Margibi County were not certificated due to a Supreme Court Stay Order arising from complaints of alleged electoral mal-practice filed by some candidates against their election.
Speaking at the Certification ceremony in Monrovia, the Acting Chairman of the Commission, Cllr. Sarah M. Toe said after conducting hearing into complaints filed against the elected senators, the Board of Commissioners of the NEC reaffirmed the election of these individuals because the complainants could not prove the allegations of electoral fraud filed against the candidates.
“Consequently, the Supreme Court of Liberia last week rescinded its decision to prohibit the certification of Cllrs. Sherman and Saytumah of Cape Mount and Bomi Counties.
Accordingly, and in keeping with Section 2.9 (q) of the New Elections Law of Liberia, we are gathered here today to certificate Cllr. Sherman and Cllr. Saytumah. The certification of Mr. Tornolah is still pending.” The acting NEC Boss noted.
She said as much as these individuals felt discouraged because they could not be certificated with their colleagues during the certification ceremony of January 3, 2015, the NEC welcomes the decision of those who felt aggrieved by the outcome of the December 20, 2014 Special Senatorial Election in their recourse to the law.
“This is a clear indication that our democracy is maturing. It is therefore the wish of the Commission that this practice of reverting to the law whenever a citizen feels aggrieved in a process will resonate in all areas of our lives as citizens of Liberia.” Cllr. Toe concluded.
Speaking on behalf of the newly certificated senators, Bomi County Senator Morris Saytumah lauded the NEC, the Supreme Court and the electorate for a process that legitimized their election as senators of Bomi and Cape Mount Counties respectively.
He said that they are going to the senate to make significant change in the body politics of Liberia, noting that the current senate will work very diligently to ensure a smooth transition in 2017.