The Supreme Court in Liberia on Monday issued a stay order on the presidential run-off election earlier slated for Tuesday, until a complaint over alleged irregularities in the Oct. 10 first round poll is heard.
The order is based on a petition filed by third-place finisher in the October 10 general elections, Mr Charles Brumskine, of the Liberty Party (LP), who is seeking a re-run of the exercise on the allegation of fraud and irregularities.
The National Elections Commission will have to consider the Liberty Party’s grievance over voting fraud “and an appeal heard by the court, if any,” before the second round may go ahead, Chief Justice Francis Korkpor said on Monday in the capital, Monrovia.
Brumskine had alleged that the elections were faced with “serious gross irregularities and fraud that undercut the integrity of the process as well as denying voters their constitutional rights to vote.”
“The preliminary results released by authorities of the National Elections Commissions (NEC) are not valid, because we at the LP have evidence to prove our case.”
The Liberty party’s presidential candidate had also said that their evidences range from the stuffing of ballot boxes with marked ballot papers for another party than the LP in Nimba County by a NEC presiding officer; the late opening of polls at some centers; and the omission of names and photographs from the voters’ roll.
“So many Liberians were deprived of their constitutional right to vote. We will, therefore, be requesting a re-run of the elections.
“The October 10 elections did not pass the minimum standards required for free, fair and transparent elections and Liberia deserves a valid, transparent election,” Brumskine had alleged.
George Weah, a soccer star turned politician from the Congress for Democratic Change, won 38.4 percent of the first-round votes, ahead of Vice President Joseph Boakai, who took 28.8 percent.
They were scheduled to contest the runoff because neither candidate secured the majority needed for an outright victory in the race to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.