What appears to be a legal bickering has developed between the National Elections Commission (NEC) and the National Democratic Coalition (NDC) of University professor Dew Mayson.
According to NEC Chronology of Events, on December 5, 2016, the NDC filed a motion asking the civil law court to rescind its October 7, 2016 final ruling, subsequently the NEC then filed its resistance to the NDC’s motion to rescind on December 14, 2016. According to the chronology of event the NDC’s motion to rescind is still pending, while the NEC filed its resistance on January 4, 2017. The National Elections Commission on February 10, 2014 filed law suit against twenty political parties, including NDC because the parties allegedly failed to comply with Article 83(D) of the Liberia constitution which requires that every political party shall publish and submit to NEC its assets and liabilities statements to be done by September 1 of each year. According to the chronology of events from NEC, fifteen of the twenty parties were represented by one lawyer which was Counselor Lavala Superwood, and after hearings all the fifteen political parties were de-certificated, while at the same time the de-certificated parties took an appeal to the Supreme Court but the highest Court upheld the lower court’s ruling. The legal bickering centered around the political parties’ alleged failures to comply with NEC regulations, requiring every political party to at all times maintain a minimum bank balance of US$10,000.00 or its equivalent of Liberian dollar. The chronology of events said NDC was not part of the fifteen parties which were represented by Counselor Supowood because it filed separate returns represented by counselor Lofians, while on June 23rd 2016 NEC filed with the civil law court a motion for summary judgment against the NDC. During the argumentation of summary judgment motion, the NDC was represented by Counselor Lofians, Supowood, and Atty. Abraham Mitchell, the NEC chronology said. Not satisfied with the court ruling, the NEC chronology of event said, the NDC took an exception, and announced an appeal to the Supreme Court sitting in its March 2017 term. The civil law court noted the NDC exception and granted its appeal as a matter of law.