Liberia presidential run-off delayed by Supreme Court fraud probe
The presidential election run-off in Liberia scheduled for Tuesday November 7 will be delayed by a Supreme Court fraud investigation, this is according to the National Elections Commission (NEC).
Former soccer star George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai are competing to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate whose election in 2005 helped draw a line under 14 years of civil war.
The vote is meant to mark Liberia’s first democratic transition of power since 1944, but the Supreme Court this week halted preparations while it examined charges by third-place finisher Charles Brumskine’s Liberty Party that the Oct. 10 first round was marred by fraud.
Chief Justice Francis Korkpor said that the court would give its decision at 10 a.m. on Monday (November 6), one day before the scheduled poll.
The election will definitely be delayed, but we don’t know for how long,” NEC spokesman Henry Flomo said. “The fact that the court will not rule until Monday is a delay.”