Fraud probe to delay Liberia election run-off - election commission

Posted November 07, 2017

Boakai's ruling Unity Party has backed the Liberty Party's allegations and even accused Johnson Sirleaf, one of its own members, of interfering in the vote by holding private meetings with election magistrates.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Francis Korkpor said the National Elections Commission (NEC) was prohibited "from conducting the runoff election until the complaint filed by the petitioners is investigated", referring to the opposition Liberty Party. Garnering 9.7 percent of the votes, the Liberty Party candidate ranked third after the initial vote, eliminating him from the subsequent run-off ballot.

The Supreme Court of Liberia on Monday halted a presidential runoff election scheduled for Tuesday, delaying the first democratic transfer of power in the West African country in recent political history.

The court found that the NEC had acted contrary to the law in declaring Weah and Boakai the top two candidates in an October 10 first round election while a question mark over the validity of the votes was pending.

Liberia's Vice-President has quietly occupied the executive backseat for 12 years, but in light of electoral fraud he believes snatched away his chance at the presidency, Joseph Boakai is unleashing himself.

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Brumskine last week told The Associated Press last week he looks forward to a rerun of the October vote, in which 20 candidates vied to replace Nobel Peace Prize victor Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Opposition figure and presidential standard bearer of Liberty Party (LP), Mr Charles Brumskine, filed the application alleging fraud and irregularities in the first round and called for a re-run.

"Whomsoever that the court will rule in favor (of), that's the decision of the land, we can not go against it", said T. Klon Maxwell, a security guard eyeing the front pages at a newsstand in Monrovia on Saturday.

"This is not about winning or losing, this is about a system that has held the country hostage for years", Brumskine added, following his assertion in an interview with AFP on Thursday that the NEC's commissioners should all be sacked before any new poll.

A lawyer by training, Brumskine has urged Boakai not to take part in the runoff after the vice-president said he would go ahead regardless of his backing for the legal case.

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George Weah, former soccer player and presidential candidate of Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), is pictured at a church in Monrovia, Liberia October 8, 2017.

Her spokesman has said the meeting was in the course of the normal actions of a concerned president.

Addressing the court's five justices, Brumskine cited "gross irregularities".

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