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 Board of Commissioners Rules in Three More Cases, Rejects Dr. Slewon August 17th, 2017

Prince Dunbar/Communications Officer III

Board of Commissioners Rejects Dr. Slewon as Candidate of District #9

The Board of Commissioners (BOC) of the National Elections Commission, (NEC) has rejected the Nomination of Dr. Michael P. Slewon, a candidate of District#9 in Nimba County. Dr. Slewon, who is the current Director General on the Commission on Higher Education in Liberia was rejected on a number of legal counts.

The case was called by the Elections Clerk of Writs, Antoinette B. Johnson involving Mr. G. Dahn Sherman of the city of Monrovia, the Appellant versus Dr. Michael P. Slewon of the city of Monrovia, the Appellee for the action of Nomination Objection and Code of Conduct.

However, the Lawyer representing Dr. Slewon, of the Brumskine Law Firm Cllr. D. Onesimon Barwon, who earlier accepted the ruling of the BOC, announced an appeal to the Supreme Court of Liberia, a move honored by the BOC.

The Board of Commissioners in its ruling on Thursday August 17, 2017, through Commissioner Cllr. Jeannette Ebba-Davidson, said after listening to arguments from the two parties, the Appellee, Dr. Slewon and the Appellant Mr. Sherman, the Board found the Appellee in violation of the Constitution and the Code of Conduct as a presidential appointee who is currently serving as Director General of Commission for Higher Education in Liberia.

Cllr. Ebba-Davidson said records in the ruling from the Hearing Officer showed amongst other things that, as a Presidential Appointee, Dr. Slewon is currently the Director General of the Commission on Higher Education and a Board Member of several Community Colleges.  Dr. Slewon untruly answered to several questions asked by the BOC that he was not a Presidential Appointee and false representation before the Commission.

In conclusion, Cllr. Ebba-Davidson on behalf of the Board said “in view of the foregoing and in violation of the Constitution and Code of Conduct, the Board of Commissioners agrees that all of the foregoing constitute sufficient legal grounds to reject Dr. Micheal P. Slewon as a Candidate in District#9, Nimba County”.

Present for the BOC during both the hearing and ruling were, Chairman Jerome Korkoya, JD, the Co-Chairperson Cllr. Sarah M. Jegede-Toe, Hon. Samuel Z. Joe, Cllr. Jeannette Ebba-Davidson, Hon. Davidetta Browne Lansanah and Commissioner and Atty. Boakai A. Dukuly.

In two other Elections related cases, the Board of Commissioners denied two separate appeals in the cases, Mr. Clinton Nyumah of the City of Monrovia, the Appellant versus Ms. Saba Jomah also of the City of Monrovia, the Appellee respectively.

The Counsels, led by Atty. Massa Jalebah has accepted the ruling of the Board and subsequently announced an appeal to the Supreme Court of Liberia.

Present for the BOC were, Chairman Jerome Korkoya, JD, Co-Chairperson Cllr. Sarah M. Jegede-Toe, Hon. Samuel Z. Joe, Cllr. Jeannette Ebba-Davidson, Hon. Davidetta Browne Lansanah and Atty. Boakai A. Dukuly.

In the first ruling of the BOC on Thursday August 17, 2017 read by Commissioner Cllr. Jeannette Ebba-Davidson in the case Clinton Nyumah of West Point, District#7, Montserrado County versus Sabah Jomah Independent Representative Aspirant, District#7, Montserrado County said the sole issue determinative of the appeal was whether or not appellee met the requirement of an Independent Candidates to publish a list of petitioners in a reputable Liberian newspaper.

Cllr. Davidson for the BOC said, the Appellee exhibited the publication to the Board which the BOC found in the records that Appellee indeed published the required petitioners listing in the newspaper which the Board believes is a reputable Liberian newspaper. Cllr. Davidson said, in view of the foregoing, the Board of Commissioners affirms and confirms the ruling of Hearing Officer, Cllr. P. Teeplah Reeves of the 31st day of July A.D. 2017.

In the BOC’s second ruling read by Atty. Boakai A. Dukuly, in the case Clinton Nyumah of the City of Monrovia, the Appellant versus Abdallah M. Housseini also of the city of Monrovia, the Appellee, growing out of the action, nominations challenge to Citizenship or Objection to Candidature, the Board said this ruling grown out of the July 31, 2017 final ruling of Hearing Officer Cllr. John K. Wonsehleay, in which the Hearing Officer denied and dismissed the objection of the Respondent to contest the 2017 representative election for District#7 on the All Liberian Party ticket in Montserrado County.

Atty. Dukuly said, the Board has reviewed all of the records in the case and hold that the Hearing Officer did not err. The records also show that the Appellee presented sufficient proof of his Liberian citizenship, including evidence of his Liberian birth certificate, Liberian passport, mother’s Liberian passport and evidence of his certificate and signed oath of allegiance took in Criminal Court “B” pledging his allegiance to the Republic of Liberia, Atty. Dukuly said.  

In view of the foregoing, Commissioner Dukuly said, the Appellant’s appeal was denied and dismissed and that the July 31, 2017 ruling of the Hearing Officer in these proceedings confirming and upholding the registration and letter of acceptable of Mr. Abdallah M. Housseini as a representative candidate to contest the October 2017 elections in Disrict#7, Montserrado County was affirmed and confirmed.



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