Liberia Supreme Court suspends presidential run-off election

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No new date has been set for the poll which was scheduled for 7 November.

Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor said Monday that the electoral body had been proceeding "wrongly and illegally" to conduct a runoff between former global soccer star George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai while a complaint remained about the October poll.

Liberia's Supreme Court has halted the presidential run-off amid allegations of "irregularities and frauds", with just a day's notice. Boakai is accusing the president of interfering in the October election by holding private meetings with election magistrates.

The court held that the "NEC can not designate two presidential tickets for a run-off elections when the issue of the votes they received is still shrouded in allegations of invalidity". Charles Walker Brumskine, Harrison Karwea of the Liberty Party vs the National Elections Commission on allegation of frauds during the October 10, elections.

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Brumskine and Boakai have accused incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of "interference" and of secretly supporting Weah over her own vice-president, claims she has strongly denied.

The runoff between former worldwide footballer George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and Vice President Joseph Boakai of the governing Unity Party was originally set for November 7.

Global donors have poured billions into Liberia since Sirleaf was elected in 2005, and are eager to complete what will be the country's first democratic transition in seven decades, while watching nervously from the sidelines.

On Friday, November 3, after the full bench of the Supreme Court listened to arguments between lawyers representing Liberty Party and NEC, the court reserved ruling on the petition for Monday, November 6.

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Wilmot Paye, the chairman of Unity Party, said his party's leadership is glad because the responsibility of upholding democracy rests with the Supreme Court.

"Hopefully ECOWAS can continue to make its presence felt, to urge the Liberian political leaders to play by the rules and not to do anything that would undermine the wishes of the Liberian people", Fomunyoh said of the Economic Community of West African States spearheading mediation.

The Supreme Court found that the fraud case was enough to suspend indefinitely the runoff as the electoral commission deals with Brumskine's complaint.

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.

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