Liberia: Concerned Citizens in Lofa Want Senate Declare Senatorial Seat Vacant for By-election

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The Concern Citizens and Registered Voters of Lofa County acknowledged that based on the recent opinion of the Supreme County of Liberia, Browine J. Samukai, the declared winner of the Lofa County Special Senatorial election, the said Court has virtually rendered the winner incapable and disable to occupy said seat for and on behalf of the county.

MONROVIA – The leadership of the Liberian Senate has received a communication emanating from a group under the banner “Concern Citizens and Registered Voters of Lofa County” seeking the indulgence of the Senate to declare the senatorial seat of Lofa vacant.

Plenary has taken seize of the communication based on motion proffered by Grand Cape Mount County Senator Simeon B. Taylor that due to the critical nature of the matter.

In their petition, the Concern Citizens and Registered Voters of Lofa County acknowledged that based on the recent opinion of the Supreme County of Liberia, Browine J. Samukai, the declared winner of the Lofa County Special Senatorial election, the said Court has virtually rendered the winner incapable and disable to occupy said seat for and on behalf of the county.

The “concerned Citizens further indicated that since Senator-elect Samukai is convicted and ordered to be incarcerated for at least two years by the Supreme Court, of Liberia, they (Petitioners) will highly appreciate that the Senate to not only declare the County seat vacant but to inform the National Elections Commission (NEC) of said vacancy to proceed in filling it in accordance with laws as well as add terms and condition that will be prudent and expeditious for exigency of time.

Supreme Court ruling

The Supreme Court of Liberia on January 27, 2022 ordered the incarceration of  Senator-elect,  Samukai and co-defendants for two years for their failure to comply to the mandate of the court by paying  50% of the judgement sum in the tone of $ 537, 828, 15 within the period of six months.

The former Minister of Defense was prevented from taking his seat as Lofa County’s Senator after the Supreme Court of Liberia halted his certification by the National Election Commission (NEC).

Essentially, Samukai, Joseph Johnson and James Nyuman Ndokor have to serve two years imprisonment each and pay the full judgment amount of US$1,147,656.35.

The former Defense Ministry officials were indicted and found guilty by a Lower Court for theft of property, criminal conspiracy, misuse of public money, and money laundering.

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