Senator Abraham Darius Dillon is demanding the National Elections Commission to release results from the December 8, 2020 elections.
Speaking Monday on local radio in Monrovia Senator Dillon said, “ Let me use this platform to call on the Elections Commission to stop violating the constitution of Liberia. In keeping with 83c of the constitution, the results of public elections must be announced within 15 days. Since the Elections Commission conducted elections for a referendum they have FAILED, REFUSED, NEGLECTED, to announce the results. I do not care whatever logistical issues they have, the constitution REQUIRES, MANDATES, and INSTRUCTS within 15- days after the conduct of elections. There is no justification for Elections Commission not to release the official announcement for the referendum. I’m demanding, we are demanding the official announcement from the elections commission, even including today.
Also, the Elections Commission is creating a CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS in this country, when it still has electoral disputes coming before it from the December 8, 2020 election.
What is even more concerning is, the Liberian Senate is not fully seated; any constitution maters could not go through because we do not have the numbers (quorum). I raised the issue to plenary and we are inviting them (NEC) this week.”
ARTICLE 83c: The returns of the elections shall be declared by the Elections Commission not later than fifteen days after the casting of ballots. Any party or candidate who complains about the manner in which the elections were conducted or who challenges the results thereof shall have the right to file a complaint with the Elections Commission. Such complaint must be filed not later than seven days after the announcement of the results of the elections. The Elections Commission shall, within thirty days of receipt of the complaint, conduct an impartial investigation and render a decision that may involve a dismissal of the complaint or a nullification of the election of a candidate. Any political party or independent candidate affected by such decision shall not later than seven days appeal against it to the Supreme Court.
The Elections Commission shall within seven days of receipt of the notice of appeal, forward all the records in the case to the Supreme Court, which not later than seven days thereafter, shall hear and make its determination. If the Supreme Court nullifies or sustains the nullification of the election of any candidate, for whatever reasons, the Elections commission shall within sixty days of the decision of the Court to conduct new elections to fill the vacancy. If the court sustains the election of a candidate, the Elections Commission shall act to effectuate the mandate of the Court.