Liberia’s NEC Suspends Run-off Election Activities


Liberia NEC Chairman Jerome Korkoya

The National Elections Commission of Liberia has suspended electoral activities ahead of the Nov. 7 run-off presidential elections in compliance with an order of the country’s Supreme Court halting the process.

George Weah of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change and Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party received more votes than the rest of the other candidates in the presidential race, thus qualifying them to participate in a runoff election.

Weah obtained 38.4 percent of the total valid votes in the presidential race on Oct. 10, while Boakai had 28.8 percent.

NEC had earlier announced that the runoff would be held next Tuesday.

Chairman of the commission, Jerome Korkoya, announced the suspension of electoral activities at a press conference in Monrovia on Wednesday evening.

The text of his address was made available to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.

Korkoya said the Nov. 7 run-off was unlikely, as the commission had already started losing days for preparation due to the temporary Writ of Prohibition issued by the apex court on Tuesday.

Korkoya explained that distribution of the remaining materials to Maryland, River Gee, Nimba, Margibi and Bong counties had been scheduled for Wednesday.

The NEC chairman said deliveries scheduled for Bomi, Grand Bassa, Cape Mount, Grand Gedeh, Sinoe and parts of Montserrado counties had been suspended.

He stated that training of NEC staff had also been suspended.

Korkoya said NEC had also asked its partners carrying out civic and voter education activities across the country to stay action.

The Supreme Court had ordered the suspension of all electoral activities for the run-off until it considered an application challenging results of the first round of elections held on Oct. 10.

The application was filed by the presidential candidate of Liberty Party(LP), Charles Brumskine, who finished third in the first round.

Brumskine had alleged fraud, late commencement of voting and disenfranchisement of LP members and supporters at some polling centres.

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Olugbenga Ige is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan. The new media enthusiast and a fine-grained media influencer was a reporter at Concise News.

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