Jurists Friday, November 3, expressed concern with respect to the cost of repeat elections and the fear of decertification a siting President or Commander-in Chief or removing him from office on grounds that National Elections Commission’s declaration that he won the October 10, 2017 elections is invalid.
Exhausting all post elections complaints including the Supreme Court appeal process could be appropriate and would mitigate the fearing task of annulling a Commander-in Chief’ win, the Supreme Court Justices line of questioning suggest.
The Supreme Court will deliver a ruling on Today whether a presidential runoff election may proceed amid a dispute over alleged irregularities and fraud in the first round of the Oct. 10 vote.
The Liberty Party’s presidential candidate, Charles Brumskine, who came third in the first round, presented arguments on Friday on why the runoff should not proceed before the National Elections Commission ruled over complaints about the first ballot. The party also has an option to appeal a decision by the elections body at the Supreme Court.
“Due process of law hears before it condemns’” Brumskine argued.
“What has happened in the elections must be cleaned up. This is not about winning or losing. This is about a system that has kept our country hostage for years.”
Friday‚ hearing had no bearing on the merits of the case before the elections commission, Chief Justice Francis Saye Kokpor told the court.
Liberia’s soccer-star-turned-politician, George Weah, from the Congress for Democratic Change, who won 38.4 percent of the first-round votes, and Vice President Joseph Boakai, who got 28.8 percent, proceeded to the runoff after neither candidate secured the majority needed for an outright win in the race to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Boakai and the ruling Liberty Party supports Brumskine’s application over the validity of the first round result and turned on Johnson Sirleaf, who they accuse of having improper meetings with officials of the elections commission.
Johnson Sirleaf neither endorsed nor campaigned for Boakai.