The National Elections Commission, (NEC) has received a draft Proposed Hearing Procedures document from its Legal Section which is aimed to streamline its hearing procedure with the view of conform with the timeframe for hearing of election cases within the constitution and other statutes as a matter of law at a ceremony held in Ganta, Nimba County at the end of a three day deliberation over the weekend
According to a release from the electoral umpire, signed by Prince Dunbar, Deputy Communication Director, the Chairperson of the NEC Chairperson, Madam Davidetta Browne Lansanah received the draft hearing procedures on behalf of the Commission and promised a critical review and consultation before endorsement by the Board of Commissioner (BOC).
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, M. Wilkins Wright reminded the Commission that it has set a high standard for conducting elections, after hearing and disposing of 15 electoral cases 14, of which ruling by the NEC, were upheld by the Supreme Court of Liberia, following the conduct of the 2020 Special Senatorial Elections and Referendum.
The release further said that the Ministry of Justice, through Deputy Minister Cllr. Nyenati Tuan also provided technical support as part of the collaboration with the NEC, admonished the electoral body to continue to operate within the confines of the law.
The Legal Section of NEC, with funding from the Commission, is conducting the 4-day Legal Forum focusing on the Proposed Hearing Procedures, Election Cases, and Training in Ganta, in Nimba County, ahead of the conduct on the 16 November 2021 Representative By-elections to be in Bong, Bomi, Grand Gedeh and Nimba Counties.
35 participants including BOC members, the former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, M. Wilkins Wright, Deputy Justice Minister, Cllr. Nyenati Tuan, and Senior Technicians of NEC are participating in the Ganta Legal Forum.
It can be recalled that after the conduct of the 2020 Special Senatorial Elections and Referendum, the NEC faced numerous challenges that led to the slow adjudication of cases by the Commission.