Aggrieved Party Wants NEC Annul Nimba County District #4 Election Result
Monrovia – The National Elections Commission (NEC) has been asked to revoke the result from the just-ended representative election in Nimba County Electoral District #4 due to report of malpractice on the part of the election magistrate Princeton Monmia.
Report by Kennedy L. Yangian [email protected]
The request was made Wednesday, December 6, 2017 during final argument into complaint of malpractice filed before the hearing officer of the National Election Commission (NEC) Cllr. Wonsealeah ahead of the election body ruling set for Monday, December 11, 2017 though the respondent lawyers have rejected and called for the dismissal of the complaint.
The call from the petitioner, Garrison Yealu, through his lawyer on Wednesday came from revelations made by Nimba County Election Magistrate Princeton Monmia that he was not the one who changed the election result from the district, rather it was NEC Chairman Korkoyah who altered the election result of the district in favor of a representative candidate Gunpue Kargon of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) headed by Nimba County Senator Prince Johnson.
According to Monmia, at the end of voting in the district he discovered fraud in the process and informed the Commission about the fraud and was asked to scan the election result and send it to Monrovia, which he said he did through his deputy (name not disclosed).
“I am not the one who changed the election result of the district. I was asked by Chairman Korkoyah to forward the result to NEC office in Monrovia and there the result was changed not me,” said Monmia.
In his final argument on behalf of his client, Cllr. Jallah Barbu argued that there was no other result from the district except the result posted in the district by Magistrate Monmia that declared incumbent lawmaker Garrison Yealu.
“Your honor, the Magistrate Monmia’s intention was to cheat; there was no other result in the district than the one he posted, neither NEC nor the President of Liberia has the right to change any election result; please revoke this result that declared Gunpue a winner,” Cllr. Barbu pleaded.
Cllr. Barbu continued that the Nimba Election Magistrate has no right to change the venue of complaint emerging from district, adding the best place for the complaint to be adjudicated and determined was in Sanniquellie where the local headquarters is in the county.
In his counter argument, Cllr. Cooper Kruah stated that the change of the election result by NEC from the district was not criminal in nature but rather an administrative decision taken by the Board of Commission of NEC.
“Your honor, the action by NEC to change the election result of Nimba County District # 4 should not be a problem; it was not criminal but purely administrative,” Cllr. Kruah said.
His argument was, however, rejected by Cllr. Barbu who said the change was intended to cheat the other party (Yealue) because the NEC election result from District # 4 on the website is quiet different from the one posted in the county.
According to incumbent lawmaker, he did win the representative seat of the district from the initial result posted by Magistrate Monmia, but the result was altered in favor of Representative-elect Gunpue.
His lawyer claimed that the initial result recorded 25, 850 voters, while the final result showed 28, 855 voters.
This, he as the result of the manipulation by the election magistrate.