Liberian Court Halts Presidential Runoff

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The supreme court of Liberia has halted the Tuesday’s presidential runoff after the Liberty Party’s Charles Brumskine challenged the first round result.

The second round runoff is to be postponed until the accusations are investigated. The Liberian political analysts, however, believe that the election runoff would eventually be delayed even if the investigations are swift as the parties lose preparation times.

In the first round of the presidential election, Liberty Party’s Charles Brumskine came out as third.

Mr. Brumskine’s Liberty Party alleged the last month’s election was “characterized by massive systematic irregularities and fraud.”

The second round of the election is supposed to be held on 7 November contested between the first two candidates.

In the first round, ex-football star George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai turned out to be the final contenders for the 7 November presidential runoff.

Final two contestant for Presidential runoff
              Final two contestants for Presidential runoff

This election of Liberia is first ever independent election after the civil war ended in 2003.

Now that the country’s court halted the election preparation, the riot police have been deployed in Liberia. The African Union delegation came in Liberia to meet with the heads of the political leaders to find a middle ground.

Meanwhile, the Unity Party’s Boakai also supported the accusations of irregularities. He accused the President of Liberia of being biased against him.

                                 Watch CGTN Africa’s coverage of the Liberian Court verdict 

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first elected female President of Africa and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, revealed her support for her former deputy Boakai twice, though. The Unity Party sources alleged that President Sirleaf didn’t want Boakai to succeed her.

In the first round, Mr. Boakai won 28.8% of the vote turns out to be second. The former footballer Mr. Weah, on the other hand, won 38.4% to hold the first position.

In response to the accusations by Boakai, Mr. Weah’s Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) said it was “sad for a ruling party that has been in power for 12 years be crying”.

Nobel Peace Laureate President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged the contenders to behave so that the election and power transfer process remains peaceful.

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