The country’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has informed the public that it will be defending its position in the High Court on Tuesday. This is in direct response to a petition filed by disqualified presidential candidates Ismaila Ceesay of Citizens’ Alliance and Joseph Henry Joof respectively.
It may be recalled that the two presidential aspirants were among the 15 applicants whose Nomination Papers were rejected by the commission for not fulfilling all the nomination requirements.
“The Independent Electoral Commission wishes to bring to the attention of the general public that in relation to the recently concluded nomination of candidates for Presidential Election of 4th December 2021, two court petitions were filed at the High Court by Ismaila Ceesay of Citizens’ Alliance and Joseph Henry Joof respectively.
Accordingly, the IEC has instructed its lawyers Kebba Sanyang and Malick HB Jallow to litigate the above-mentioned petitions at the high court on its behalf and will respect and abide by the outcome of the judicial process,” a statement from the IEC signed by the Chairman and Returning Officer Alieu Momarr Njai read.
It further states that in the meantime the commission remains committed to conducting, free fair and credible elections and solicits the usual corporation of all political parties, candidates, stakeholders and the general public.