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Court Says Disqualified PUL Candidates Not Given Due Process
Date Uploaded: Nov 24, 2013

MONROVIA, Nov. 18 (LINA) - The Civil Law Court in Monrovia says the decision by the Elections Commission of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) denying two candidates the right to contest the aborted November 9 polls lacks merit.

 

Judge A. Boima Kontoe said Monday candidates Cholo Brooks and Omecee Johnson who were disqualified by the PUL electoral body were not given due process to authenticate its claim that these two were not qualified to contest the presidency and vice presidency respectively of the union in the elections.

 

He said the disqualified candidates were entitled to an in-house verification process, which the PUL EC failed to do, hence violating the rights of Brooks and Johnson.

Judge Konto said the court was therefore upholding the injunction and will probe the merits and demerits of the case.

 

The PUL had earlier asked the court to quash the injunction filed by Brooks and Johnson on grounds that it lacked merit.

 

Disqualified Borrks and Johnson had filed the injunction on the holding of the election, claiming that their disqualification was illegal.

 

The injunction led to a halt in the holding of the November 9 PUL Congress and elections planned for Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.

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