Liberia Election Verdict: Court Orders a run-off poll

Following a petition filed by the Liberty Party’s Presidential candidate Charles Brumskine, challenging the result the October Presidential election, the Liberia’s Supreme Court has ordered the final round of voting between the two leading candidates – ex-footballer George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai to go ahead. Delivering its judgment, the Supreme Court maintained that there was insufficient evidence of fraud during October’s first round of the elections to order a re-run. Mr. Charles Brumskine came third in the first round of the Liberia’s Presidential election.

The verdict of the Supreme Court means that the electoral commission will have to set a date for the final round of voting between George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai. The initial date for the second round of voting was fixed on December 7th; however, the voting was delayed, following the outcome of Mr. Brumskine’s petition.

Now that the Supreme Court has cleared the way for the second round of voting between the two Presidential candidates, many questions still remain unanswered. Who is going to succeed the outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf? Will Liberians shun money politics and vote for a committed President who will drag Liberia out of its instabilities, nepotism, corruption and set the country on the solid foundation of prosperity after many years of civil war?

Founded by freed US slaves in the 19th Century, Liberia, which got its independence 73 years has experienced bloody past. Will Liberians say a big No to the past and prepare for the bright future? The world is watching.

 

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