The Plenary session of the senate has endorsed a bill to clarify the power and authority of the National Elections Commission (NEC) with respect to the qualification of political parties, organizations and independent candidates for elections.
Senator Varney Sherman Tuesday submitted the bill titled: “An act to clarify the power and authority of the National Elections Commission with respect to the qualification of political parties, organizations and independent candidates for ensuing elections, determination for results and determination of election disputes.”
Last month, the senate empowered the NEC to determine the fate of individuals seeking elective positions with respect to the implementation of the Code of Conduct for government employees and officials in these elections.
“This draft law has become necessary because of decisions of the Supreme Court growing out of contestation of election result by candidates in the 2014 senatorial mid-term elections. In those decisions the court ruled, among others that, it, not the NEC is the determiner of election results and that an appeal to the court from decision of the NEC on elections results serves as a stay on the decision of the NEC.”
Section(5.11) of the senate engross bill states that NEC should adjudicate all elections related matter stipulated in the code and that any remedy sought from such adjudication shall be referred to the Supreme Court as provided for under the laws and constitution of Liberia.
Senator Sherman said that the draft law also shortens the time for election disputes to be disposed off by the NEC and the court to ensure that a successful candidates at an election are timely inducted into offices.
Write Titus E. Dessie