By Moshood Sakariyau
Liberia Supreme Court has ordered the country’s electoral commission to resolve a fraud complaint lodged by an opposition party before a scheduled runoff election for the presidency can be held.
The country’s Supreme Court Justice, Francis Korkpor said the National Election Commission (NEC) was prohibited from conducting the runoff election until the complaint filed by the opposition Liberty Party is investigated.
The Court did not order a new date for the election, which was originally to be contested today by the former international footballer, George Weah and incumbent vice president Joseph Boakai.
The court found that the NEC had acted contrary to the law in declaring Weah and Boakai the top two candidates in an October 10 first round election while a question mark over the validity of the election was pending.
Korkpor said that by setting a date and proceeding to conduct a runoff election without first clearing the complaint of the petitioners which alleged gross irregularities and fraud, the NEC was proceeding contrary to rules which are to be adhered to at all times.
The court urged the commission to hear the Liberty Party’s complaint lodged on October 23 and resolve it with urgent attention.