It was a very strange scenario to see Chiefs and Zoes gathering to observe court hearing, a situation which got petitioner Senator Johnson lawyer’s Omeda Matthias to refer to them as “medicine people” who filled up the conference.
After the ruling, Representative Snowe said the massive showing of traditional leaders and citizens of the district means they are truly supporting him, and so he will surely become the next lawmaker of Sinje District #1 in Bomi County.
According to him, the cases filed against him was premeditated, but he was prepared for it and willing to fight at the Supreme Court if the need arises.
However, NEC overturned earlier ruling which barred the lawmaker from contesting in the upcoming election on grounds that he could not be a domicile and a seating lawmaker of Montserrado County district #6 at the same time be a domicile in Bomi County.
Following a review of complaints from both parties and ruling of the hearing officer held on Thursday of last week, the Commission through its Co-chairman Sarah Toe said there is no law in the 1986 constitution of Liberia that was violated by Representative Snowe; therefore he is eligible to contest.
NEC through its hearing officer Cllr. Muanah S. Ville had earlier announced that Rep. Edwin Melvin Snowe could not establish domicile as required by elections laws to contest in the ensuing elections for Sinje District #1 in Bomi County.
The decision followed Senator Sando Dazoe Johnson and Representative Samuel Karmo’s complaints to NEC that Rep. Snowe was crisscrossing to another county even though he was a sitting representative for Montserrado County District #6.
Commissioner Ville, in his ruling, said it was discovered that Rep. Edwin Melvin Snowe is the sitting Representative of Montserrado District #6 and currently holds an unexpired certificate of the NEC dated back in 2011 and therefore, could not be allowed to contest for another district.