Supreme Court to Hear Nimba’s 4th District Election Dispute Today

MONROVIA, Montserrado – On Tuesday, March 27, the Supreme Court will hear legal arguments in the election dispute case in Nimba’s fourth district involving Garrison Yealue, the incumbent lawmaker, and his rival Gunpue L. Kargon.

The National Elections Commission recently declared Kargon as the winner of the October 10 representative election after its Board of Commissioners adopted the reports and recommendation from the court-ordered re-examination process conducted on March 3 in Sanniquellie.

“The board, having heard the reading of the report from the re-examination team, and same being in conformity with the mandate of the honorable Supreme Court, and the only objection there, and having been earlier disposed of by this board, this said report is hereby confirmed, affirmed and adopted,” NEC’s Chairman Jerome Korkoya said when he declared Kargon winner.

But Yealue’s lawyers, Jallah Barbu and Peter Howard, took an exception to NEC’s ruling and filed a complaint to the court on grounds that the commission failed to implement the court’s mandate.

The court mandated a re-examination of elections materials in the disputed polling area, but Yealue’s legal team argues that the process done by NEC was not in conformity with the court’s mandate.

Since the 2017 elections, Nimba’s fourth district has been without a representative.

Featured photo by Zeze Ballah

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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