The Liberian Senate has mandated the Ministry of Justice to communicate with the National Elections Commission (NEC), revoking the letter sent by Liberia’s Solicitor General Syrenius Cephas.
Solicitor General Syrenius Cephas communicated with NEC asking the electrical body to not certificate the winner of the Lofa county senatorial elections Brownie Samukai a member of the Collaborating Political Party.
Portion of the communication reads, “You will recall that prior to the 8 December 2020 Election, Mr. Samukai was found guilty by the lower court along with his co-conspirators for the same crimes. But took an appeal to the Honorable Supreme Court of Liberia, which automatically stayed the enforcement of the convicted judgement, therefore I’m requesting you not to Certificate the Lofa County Senator Elect.”
The communication sparked serious concern among lawmakers at the Upper House, thus requesting the presence of Solicitor General Syrenius Cephas and Justice Minister Musa Dean at the Senate.
The Liberian Senate decision came as the result of previous statement by Justice Minister Musa Dean saying, “I only saw the Solicitor General communications on Facebook”.
The lawmakers believed the decision is not within the power of SG to send such letter to NEC.
According to the Senators the SG’s action is a violation to the constitution and undermines Liberia democracy.
They added that it is with in the power of the Court of Competent Jurisdiction and not the Ministry to make such decision.
On the other hand, Minister Musa Dean was latched at for consenting to the letter which was in contradiction to his previous statement when he appeared before the senate plenary of last week.