Liberia Supreme Courts calls a halt to presidential run-off

The presidential run-off in Liberia, scheduled for November 7, has been postponed indefinitely by the Supreme Court.

The presidential run-off in Liberia, scheduled for November 7, has been postponed indefinitely by the Supreme Court.

The court ruled that the poll could not be held until the electoral commission “urgently and expeditiously” investigated the allegations of “irregularities and fraud” levelled by the opposition Liberty Party.

Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor, when handing down the judgement before a packed Monrovia courtroom, said that the commission had “wrongly and illegally” organised a run-off between the two candidates, George Weah and Joseph Boakai, without adequately addressing the complaint by the Liberty Party, led by Charles Brumskine.

The run-off was called after former World Footballer of the Year, Weah, won the highest number of votes in last month’s election but failed to win a more than 50 percent majority while Vice President Boakai finished second. Brumskine came in third and was thus eliminated from the run-off.

Musa Dean, representing the commission, responded to the judgement by saying that “the highest court of the land has spoken and we have to abide by the ruling.”

Chairperson of the Liberty Party, Benjamin Sanvee and its vice presidential candidate Harrison Karnwea, were among the party’s officials present at the judgement, left the court elated.

 

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