In its final ruling handed down yesterday, Counselor Muana Ville, Chief Dispute Hearing Officer of NEC, gave the ANC 72-hour ultimatum to conduct the process.
The ruling mandated the ANC to ensure that the list of delegates admitted into evidence by the petitioner be upheld since it was not challenged by the respondent.
The ANC District 17 primary which involved Mayor George Curtis and businessman Abraham Sesay is said to have contained a quorum of 29 out of 34 delegates.
The primary initially scheduled for June 22 was indefinitely postponed following clashes between private security guards and some delegates.
Testifying before the Hearing Officer, the National Chairman of the ANC, Lafayette E. O. Gould, stated that on the day of the scheduled primary for Montserrado County, supporters of George Varney Curtis and Abraham Sesay began to agitate among themselves and there was tension brewing.
He said the atmosphere became so tensed until supporters were beginning to have skirmishes and insults at one another, and as a result, he called for the Director of Security to inquire as to whether they can put the situation under control and continue with the holding of the primary since the Chairman was leaving the office.
Gould further told the hearing that “District 17 like other districts of Montserrado County, primaries were scheduled for Wednesday 21stJune at the national headquarters of the ANC”.
“We have issues with three districts, which include District 17 and two other districts. The issue with District 17 is commotion between supporters of the two aspirants and security,” he said.
The ANC Chairman further told the NEC Dispute Hearing that “due to lateness of time for holding primary as a result of the commotion, announcement was made to postpone District 16 and 17 primaries.”