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Liberian court says presidential run-off can go ahead

Liberian court says presidential run-off can go ahead”

Liberia's Supreme Court has ruled that evidence of fraud during October's first round of presidential elections was insufficient to merit a re-run.

Previously, Liberia's Supreme Court had suspended the presidential run-off that was expected to take place November 7 between former footballer George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai pending the NEC's completion of the investigation into the Liberty Party's complaints.

The parties had to prove fraud was "not just at a few isolated centres but at most if not all polling centres", Banks said, and could not do so with the evidence presented.

NEC in its ruling, upheld by the Board of Commissioners dismissed the claims of massive fraud and irregularities during an appeal hearing sometime last month.

1 decision by the Supreme Court, dissenting judge, Justice Kabineh M. Ja'neh said it was deeply disconcerting that his colleagues had chose to ignore the glaring discrepancies and evidence of gross irregularities in electoral process leading up to and during the October polls.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf steps down January 18th after serving two terms.

Immediately after the pronouncement was made given NEC the green light to go ahead with the Runoff election at a schedule date, dozens of Liberians from around the Capital of Monrovia and its environs were jubilation, as some shouted 'We will vote, We will vote, thanks to the Supreme Court, ' others were took exception.

Battered by back-to-back civil wars between 1989 and 2003 and an Ebola crisis that killed thousands from 2014 to 2016, Liberia's presidential election is considered a crucial test of the west African nation's stability and would be the first democratic transition of power in seven decades.



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