Liberia: Liberty Party To Appeal Dismissal of Its Complaint By NEC

MONROVIA (Reuters) – Following the dismissal of its complaint by the electoral commission of Liberia, the opposition Liberty Party (LP) now says it will appeal the decision to the country’s high court.

LP Leader Charles W. Brumskine
LP Leader Charles W. Brumskine

The LP had charged that the October 10th Presidential and General Elections were unfair and flawed with fraud.

The small West African country is now in a political impasse due to the cancellation of a run-off election which was set for October 7th between the candidate of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Senator George M.  Weah and incumbent Vice President and candidate of the ruling Unity Party Joseph N.  Boakai.

The LP placed third in the October 10th elections but maintains that the voting was fraudulent and initially petitioned Liberia’s Supreme Court to halt the run-vote scheduled for November 7th.

Following a hearing before the full bench of the Supreme Court in Monrovia, the Court ordered a stay on the run-off vote and instructed the country’s National Elections Commission(NEC) to hear and dispose of the complaint of the LP.

NEC-Chairman
NEC-Chairman Jerome Korkoyah

In a decision last week, a hearing officer of the NEC  dismissed the LP’s complaint of voting fraud.

The LP says it is not surprised by the dismissal of its complaint by the NEC and vowed to appeal to the country’s Supreme Court.

The current delay in electing a successor to two time incumbent Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is threatening a constitutional crisis, if not resolved quickly.

The U.S. and European Union have both called for quick resolutions to  the election impasse and legal issues.

International observers of the October 10th Presidential and General Elections have said there were no major issues which would affect the result of the elections.

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