Liberia's apex court suspends run-off, orders probe of election fraud claims

George Weah former soccer player and presidential candidate of Congress for Democratic Change, votes at a polling station in Monrovia

The court urged the commission to hear the Liberty Party's complaint and resolve it with "urgent attention", given the "critical" nature of the presidential vote.

Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor said Monday that the electoral body had been proceeding "wrongly and illegally" to conduct a runoff between former worldwide soccer star George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai while a complaint remained about the October poll.

The decision throws Liberia's first democratic transition in seven decades into uncertainty a day ahead of what was to have been the final round of voting to pick between former worldwide footballer George Weah and incumbent vice-president Joseph Boakai.

Liberia's Supreme Court on Monday ordered the country's electoral commission to resolve a fraud complaint lodged by an opposition party before a scheduled runoff vote for the presidency can be held.

According to a FrontPage Africa report, citing Article 50 of the Constitution, the tenures of outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph Boakai expires on January 22, 2018.

Opposition figure and presidential standard bearer of Liberty Party (LP), Charles Brumskine, filed the application alleging fraud and irregularities in the first round and called for a re-run.

The election was due to be Liberia's first democratic transition in seven decades, and west African leaders met with all sides of the conflict on Wednesday in an attempt to ease the crisis.

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Although Weah and Boakai won most votes, neither scored more than the 50 percent needed to become president.

"The efforts to disenfranchise voters and undermine Liberia's democracy were grave enough to warrant intervention from the Supreme Court, and we are glad that after listening to our case and reviewing the indisputable evidence, the court agrees", said Liberty Party chairman Benjamin Sanvee, celebrating the ruling.

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"Until the rule of law is respected in Liberia, holding a runoff or any election is irrelevant".

The vice president was poised to go public with a weeks-long complaint by his supporters: that Sirleaf backs Weah, not the man who served alongside her in government for 12 years.

The joint complaint has also implicated Sirleaf, as Boakai and Brumskine accuse her of "interference" by meeting polling officials at her residence before the vote.

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