Supreme Court to Hear LP Case Today

first_imgTemple of Justice, seat of the Liberian JudiciaryAfter placing a stay order on all activities leading to the holding of the runoff presidential election, the Supreme Court is today expected to begin hearing into the complaints of irregularities filed by the opposition Liberty Party (LP) against the conduct of the October 10 presidential and legislative elections by the National Elections Commission (NEC).The Supreme Court order is believed to have placed a serious temporary obstacle on preparations for next Tuesday’s runoff elections, as the NEC has to wait for the outcome of the hearing of the complaints, which the LP said is a “violation of the Constitution, election law, fraudulent acts and gross irregularities during the October 10 elections.”The runoff election is scheduled between the ruling Unity Party (UP) of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of Senator George Weah.Lawyers representing the NEC and the LP were expected to appear before the Supreme Court yesterday, but failed to do so without any legal reason.The matter has been rescheduled for today, Friday at 9 a.m.The UP has publicly announced that it is backing the LP, claiming that “President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was interfering with the electoral process to influence its outcome.”President Sirleaf’s office has denied the allegation, although the UP is yet to produce any evidence to support her claim against the party’s former standard bearer.The stay order on the electoral process resulted from the LP’s plea for a Writ of Prohibition claiming irregularities and fraud during the October 10 polls.The writ was issued on Tuesday by Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, the current Chamber Justice, who warned the NEC not to proceed with electoral activities leading to the run-off.In his order, Justice Ja’neh instructed: “NEC has to stay away from any and or all actions in respect of the November 7 runoff election, pending the deposition by the Supreme Court of the LP’s petition.”The order added: “the parties are informed that given the constitutional issues raised in the petition coupled with the fact that election matters are to be expeditiously heard and determined that upon serving the writ and the return, the case is hereby docketed for urgent deposition by the full bench.”In  respect to Justice Ja’neh’s order, the NEC has immediately halted all electoral activities to the runoff including training of election workers, which was scheduled for Thursday, and also the transportation of ballot materials to and in the all the 15 counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Exciting! 10 January transfer deals that really could happen

first_img 7. Fulham’s Moussa Dembele to join Manchester United? – Over the past few weeks, the 19-year-old has been heavily linked with the Red Devils and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the highly-rated teenager does make the move to Old Trafford in the winter window. Fulham would be wise to cash in should a big offer come in. 6. Tottenham Hotspur to sign Saido Berahino despite summer fallout? – Spurs and West Bromwich Albion’s relationship is tense after the former’s pursuit of the England Under-21 international in the summer but, ultimately, money talks. If Mauricio Pochettino is desperate to land the striker, then a sizeable bid could do the job. 2. Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho to complete move to Arsenal? – With Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin injured, the Gunners need cover in midfield and Carvalho, a long-term target for Arsene Wenger, could be the perfect solution. 10 10 3. Andros Townsend to swap Tottenham Hotspur for Newcastle United? – The England international will be looking to leave White Hart Lane, particularly with Euro 2016 coming up, and the Magpies are said to be leading the chase for his signature. 10 10 10 10 5. Loic Remy to end Chelsea misery? – There would surely be no Blues supporter begrudging Remy if he chose to move on from Stamford Bridge next month, with his playing time unlikely to increase. It’s uncertain where the Frenchman might go, but there could be plenty of interest. 1. Chelsea to finally sign Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann? – This rumour stretches back to the summer, but with their league form so poor, Jose Mourinho could persuade Roman Abramovich to, at last, cough up the cash for the in-demand France international. 10 With the winter window just weeks away, rumour after rumour is circulating in the news, but what deals could really happen within the next month and a half?Will Arsenal replace injured midfield pair Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin? Will Chelsea strengthen their underperforming squad?talkSPORT has listed 10 transfers that we could be confirming in January (fingers crossed).Click the yellow arrow above, right, to discover the imminent deals. 10 10 8. Manchester United outcast Victor Valdes to join a Premier League rival? – The former Barcelona goalkeeper is expected to finally leave Old Trafford in January, and reports suggest he is keen on staying put in England’s top flight. However, the Spaniard will surely take whatever offer comes his way if it means escaping the ruthless Louis van Gaal. 4. Liverpool to replace injured Mamadou Sakho with Nevan Subotic? – A current Borussia Dortmund player that Klopp is allegedly interested in is Subotic. Mamadou Sakho is out of action until the beginning of next year, and the German manager may therefore be targeting cover in this position. 10. PSG’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic to sign a short-term contract with Chelsea? – Samuel Eto’o did it, so why can’t Zlatan? Jose Mourinho and Ibrahimovic have an excellent relationship, and with Chelsea’s struggles and the striker continuing to deliver the goods for Paris Saint-Germain, despite being 34, he could be a superb short-term signing for the Blues. Chelsea fans can dream, at least! 10 9. Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy to leave north London? – The France international is another worried about missing out on Euro 2016, and the defender himself has admitted that he could be forced to leave the Emirates should he receive no assurances from Arsene Wenger over his playing time. He has hinted that he could join a Premier League rival or, failing that, return to Ligue 1. last_img read more