Monrovia – FrontPageAfrica has learned from sources within the Supreme Court that the National Elections Commission (NEC) has finally submitted the Final Registration Roll (FRR) for all 15 counties, following an order by Justice in Chambers, Jamesetta Wolokollie.
By Willie N. Tokpah/0777039231
Justice Wolokollie had given the NEC an ultimatum to make the documents available for public inspection at each magisterial office during normal business hours and to provide electoral copies to stakeholders in a secure format by Saturday, September 30, at 4 p.m.
However, FPA has gathered that the NEC presented the FRR on Friday, September 29, at 9:45 p.m., after its request to postpone the presentation of Montserrado County’s FRR was rejected.
The NEC had previously sought an extension for Montserrado County until Tuesday, October 2, but Justice Wolokollie declined the request, compelling the NEC to present all 15 counties on Saturday.
Earlier, the NEC had only presented the FRR for Grand Gedeh County while appealing for a later date to present the remaining FRR.
Some pundits believe that the presentation of the FRR may lead the opposition Unity Party (UP) to raise concerns about further verification and scrutiny of the FRR.
The Unity Party has already expressed concerns about what it calls an increase in the number of registered voters in Montserrado, Margibi, Grand Bassa, and Grand Kru Counties, following the NEC’s cleaning-up process.
Unity Party Secretary-General Amos Tweh informed the media that instead of the FRR decreasing or remaining the same in these counties, it has seen a significant increase, which they attribute to potential electoral fraud.
There are rumors within the Unity Party that there are plans to request a stay order on the upcoming October 10th poll to conduct a thorough verification and scrutiny of the FRR.
Meanwhile, the Unity Party has yet to confirm these rumors, but FPA has gathered that a hearing on the Writ of Mandamus filed by the Unity Party is scheduled for Monday, October 2.
Justice Wolokollie requested a special session for both the Unity Party and the NEC to hear the Writ of Mandamus filed by the UP on Friday, September 29.
The hearing was initially expected to take place before the presiding Justice in the Chamber at 9:00 a.m. at the Temple of Justice. However, FPA was later informed by the court Press Officer that there was no hearing and the case had been rescheduled for Monday, October 2.