Liberia Runoff to go Ahead Says Supreme Court

Elias Hubbard
December 8, 2017

Liberia's Supreme Court told the electoral commission to proceed with organizing the final round of presidential elections that was initially scheduled November 7 but put on hold to probe allegations of fraud during the first round.

But the court said Thursday those violations were not sufficient to overturn the vote's outcome.

"In the absence of sufficient evidence, the court can not order a re-run of the election", Justice Philip Banks said, reading out the court's decision.

The ruling ends weeks of uncertainty over the electoral process in a country that experienced 14 years of devastating civil conflict that ended in 2003.

The Liberty Party candidate came in third. That means current Vice President Joseph Boakai and perennial challenger, former football star and current Senator George Weah will face each other in a national poll.

The Liberty Party and its collaborating party, the ruling Unity Party filed the motion for a rerun of the polls because of what they termed "massive fraud and irregularities" that characterized the polls.

Some of the Supreme Court orders to the Electoral Commission include prohibition of the Chairman and NEC staff from speaking on any matter that may affect a party to the run- off and also fully comply with the electoral management laws of Liberia.

The commission found the parties' allegations either unfounded or exaggerated and ruled it had not carried out a fraudulent election, a decision maintained upon appeal.

Voters are choosing a replacement for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first female leader and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

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