Liberia’s Supreme Court has paused the November 7 presidential run-off election until it considers a challenge to first-round results by a losing candidate who has alleged fraud.
Highlights: Charles Brumskine’s Liberty Party – third place – challenged the results of the October vote, where former soccer star, George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai are to battle it out in a run-off.
In a writ issued late on Tuesday, the court instructed Liberty Party and the National Elections Commission to file briefs by Thursday at the latest.
It was unclear if the court would rule before Nov. 7.
On Monday, Boakai’s ruling Unity Party announced it was backing the legal challenge.
It accused President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, one of its own members, of interfering in the Oct. 10 vote by holding private meetings with election magistrates before the Oct. 10 poll.
Johnson Sirleaf denied the meetings were inappropriate and international observers like the European Union and the Carter Centre have said that they saw no major problems with the first round vote.
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