Some Representatives-elect have expressed concern that Cllr. Charles Brumskine’s legal action pushing for the October 10 vote nullification due to fraud and irregularities could reverse their political fortune.
The elected Representatives, some still serving current term until January were overheard in the House’s chamber discussing what their fate would be should the complaint process leads to rerun of the presidential and legislative elections.
“I’m not afraid if there is a rerun of the elections. I won the first round of the election already. I ran my campaign long time so I’m not worry. In fact, how did I win the first round of the election,” Sinoe County and Unity Party Representative Matthew Zarzar told reporters.
“The way this thing [election case] is going if the court nullifies the elections result it will be problem for us,” another newly elected Representative (name withheld) said.
The National Elections Commission is hearing more than 50 fraud and irregularities related complaints filed by various candidates and political parties including the Liberty Party and the ruling Unity Party.
“The October 10 elections did not pass the minimum standards required for free, fair, and transparent elections. These elections were characterized by gross irregularities and fraud, which undermined the integrity of the elections and deprived thousands of Liberians of their constitutional right to vote,” Cllr. Charles Brumskine said after NEC released the final results.
The Supreme Court has urged the election body to speed up investigation into fraud and irregularity complaint arising from the October 10, 2017 legislative and presidential elections.
Writes Titus E. Dessie