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Chambers Faces Williams Again …As S/Court Calls For Re-run In Maryland

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By: Frank P. Martin

MONROVIA: A popular and fearless former student leader of the University of Liberia is expected to once again face embattled House Speaker, Dr. Bhofal Chambers, in electoral rerun at two polling places in Old Sodokan District, Maryland County.
Williams, who was earlier declared winner of the election by the National Elections Commission (NEC), felt injured by the latest pronouncement of the High Court due to its latest ruling that triggered the electoral rerun in the district, when such decision did not affect the Presidential and Senatorial elections held at the very polling places and those results were considered valid.
Williams wondered: “The Supreme Court has ruled but the fact is that the Presidential and Senatorial Candidates got results from the very centers in question. So, why the Court is not considering the validity or legitimacy of the votes cast in those centers?”
Williams described the Supreme Court’s decision as unfair to the people of Maryland County District#2, after they overwhelmingly voted him to represent them at the 55th Legislature.
Political tension reportedly sparked in the principal streets of Pleebo City, Maryland County, following the pronouncement by the Supreme Court on Friday, January 12, 2024.

But Williams, the initiate winner of Pleebo Sodoken District, told Journalists in Monrovia over weekend that the situation has subsided after his intervention via a phone in call on one of the local radio stations in the county.
“This could lead to chaos in my district but thank God I was able to call on one of the local Radio stations to calm down my people, and they were able to listen me. As we speak, the rerun at those two polling places is like the people versus Speaker Chambers,” Anthony Williams asserted.
The charismatic university former student leader has vowed to retire Speaker Chambers following his 18-year service as Representative of Pleebo Sodekan District.
“Bhofal is history! I will retire him since he fails to listen to the people who gave him power for those years. I won at those polling places, and I am going to beat him politically again on elections day. Since I won him in all the cases and he wants to still be adamant,” he averred.
This followed the Supreme Court of Liberia decision to order the National Elections Commission to conduct a rerun of the October 10, 2023, representative election in two polling places only, Precinct Code #27020 in Old Sodokan, District#2, Maryland County.
The Supreme Court noted that the decision of the National Elections Commission to have dismissed Chambers’s contention, without considering issues raised about violence by traditional people during the polling process was unfair.
Even though, the Supreme Court noted that the election was not conducted for District#2, Maryland County, alone, but for the Republic of Liberia and voters were to vote for all the candidates and various positions, the Court said there were nine candidates and each political party would have had poll watchers, Chambers failed to produce any of these poll watchers to prove his claims of ballot stuffing.
However, the Court noted that the threat of violence by traditional people to scare away voters had a severe threat on the district elections, especially at the two polling places named, in Old Sodokan, since there were narrow margins.
Therefore, Chief Justice Sie-A-Nyene Gyapay Youth ruled that the NEC should conduct a rerun at two polling places only, polling places number one and two of Polling Precinct Code: 27020, in Old Pleebo Sodokan District.
According to Chief Justice Youh, the rerun should be conducted under a straight security presence.
At the same time, the Supreme Court has also ordered the NEC to set aside the results from other polling places, while the rerun is being conducted at the two polling places.
Old Sodokan is reportedly a stronghold of Mr. Anthony Willams, Chambers’s major contender in the Representative race of Maryland County District#2.
Rep. Chambers had complained to the Supreme Court relative to NEC’s decision to dismiss claims raised about discrepancy in the Maryland County District#2 Representative election, favoring Anthony Williams.
He appealed to the Supreme Court, to determine whether the NEC decision was legally appropriate.
NEC declared Anthony Williams as the winner of the election, but in a letter dated October 23, 2023, Chambers complained to NEC that there was a discrepancy in the process leveling several claims.

He said there were strange people in the polling places after the closing period of the poll and polling was also allowed to go on after 10 pm.
According to Rep. Chambers, the CDC was denied participation in the final counting process, and there was violence by traditional people who unleashed a country devil against voters.
He complained to the NEC hearing office and then the Board of Commissioner relative to said allegations and a hearing was duly conducted and a ruling made in favor of Williams that Chambers had no sufficient evidence to his allegation, declaring Anthony Williams a winner.
However, Chambers took an exception to the NEC’s decision and filed 36-Count petition to the Supreme Court to decide.
The Supreme Court however noted that some of the counts mentioned by Chambers in his complaint were duplicated.

On the other hand, the Supreme Court noted that from the review of the record, the NEC’s response provided no basis for the answer to allegations made by Representative Chambers.
Nonetheless, the court says, the “disappointing response” of NEC in no way gives rights to Chambers’s allegations, since Chambers was also under obligation to produce substantial and cogent evidence of his allegation and that mere allegation is not proof.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court said despite most of the claims by Chambers lacking basis, the actions of traditional people steering violence must not be ruled out, since there is a closed margin of votes between the two contenders.

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