NEC Issues Ruling, Liberty Party’s Evidence of Fraud Claims Insufficient

MONROVIA, Montserrado – Muana Ville, the chief dispute hearing officer at the National Elections Commission on Monday, November 20, has denied Liberty Party’s request for a re-run of the first round of the presidential election.

Liberty Party and Unity Party, an intervening party to the complaint filed, said NEC had violated the constitution and elections law, in addition to committing fraudulent acts and gross irregularities.

But Ville said the complainants failed to produce sufficient evidence at the hearing to convince him to grant their request for a re-run.

“After several weeks of listening to both the complainants and their witnesses, none of the claims could substantiate elections fraud,” he said.

The audience at the final elections dispute hearing. Photo: Zeze Ballah

Following the ruling, the complainants said they would take advantage of the provisions afforded them by law.

According to Liberia’s elections laws, when a ruling into an election dispute is made by the hearing officer, complainants can appeal to NEC’s board of commissioners before taking the case to the Supreme Court.

Featured photo by Zeze Ballah      

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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