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LIBERIA..........Presidential run-off Election Suspended indefinitely

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The Liberian Supreme Court yesterday indefinitely suspended Liberia’s presidential run-off scheduled to hold today, ordering the National Elections Commission (NEC) to resolve an opposition party’s complaint for fraud before it can be held.

The court took the hard decision when it discovered  that NEC ignored the complaint of the opposition party on the validity of the votes counted. It said “By setting a date and proceeding to conduct a run-off election without first clearing the complaint of the petitioners which alleged gross irregularities and fraud, the NEC was proceeding contrary to rules which are to be adhered to at all times,” Korkpor said.

Therefore, the Supreme Court Chief Justice Francis Korkpor said NEC was prohibited “from conducting the run-off election until the complaint filed by the petitioners is investigated,” referring to the opposition Liberty Party.

Former international footballer George Weah and incumbent vice-president Joseph Boakai were due to face each other in a runoff vote today. But they must now await the result of an ongoing NEC complaint as well as any Supreme Court appeal, which could take weeks.

The decision has thrown Liberia’s first democratic transition in seven decades into uncertainty. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is stepping down after transitioning her nation out of a long civil war.


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