NEC Gives Samukai Green Light

By R. Joyclyn

The National Elections Commission (NEC) has given former Defense Minister Brownie Samukai green light to contest as senatorial candidate in Lofa County.

Samukai was among other former executives of the Ministry of National Defense (MoD) who were early this year indicted by Criminal Court “C” for misapplying the Armed Forces of Liberia personnel fund and were given the period of one year to restitute said money or risk incarceration at the Monrovia Central Prison (South Beach).

On October 20, 2020, the Board of Commissioners of the National Elections Commission affirmed the ruling of its dispute hearing officer in an appeal of preliminary injunction filed by one Korvah M. Jorgbor of the City of Monrovia to prohibit J. Brownie Samukai from participating in the pending process over his criminal record.

The ruling of the Board of Commissioners of NEC confirmed and affirmed the acceptance letter issued by the Co-Appellee Samukai of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) to contest in the December 8, 2020 senatorial race contrary to the plea by Jorgbor to deny Him (Samukai) from partaking in the upcoming election.

Handing down the BOC’s Verdict, NEC Co-chairperson Cllr. P. Tarplah Reeves said the acceptance letter of Co-Appellee Brownie J. Samukai of the Collaborating Political Parties, qualifying him and placing his name on the listing of qualified aspirants/candidates to contest the December 8, 2020 Special Senatorial Elections in Lofa County is hereby confirmed and affirmed.

Co-chairperson Cllr. Reeves said in addition to the Board’s ruling, Section 24.6 of the Criminal Procedure law states that the taking of an appeal shall stay the enforcement of the judgment, sentence or order from which the appeal is taken and arrest all further proceedings pending decision on the appeal.

The case grows out of an appeal action for Preliminary Injunction by appellant Korvah Jorgbor and all of the City of Monrovia as Objectors versus Brownie J. Samukai, first respondent and the Collaborating Political Party, CPP, Intervener-Respondent.  

Accordingly; all seven members of the Board of Commissioners (BOC), Chairperson Davidetta Browne Lansanah, Co-chairperson Cllr. P. Tarplah Reeves, Commissioners Boakai A. Dukuly, Cllr. Ernestine Morgan Awar, Floyd Oxley Sayor, Barsee Leo Kpangbai and Josephine Kou Gaye heard the case and signed the ruling.

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