The Supreme Court of Liberia has granted the opposition Liberty Party's petition for a Writ of Prohibition on the November 7 Runoff Election.
In his ruling, Chief Justice Francis Korkpor said the National Elections Commission should have investigated the Liberty Party complaint before it reached the Supreme Court.
Liberia's Supreme Court halted the presidential election runoff, which had been scheduled for Tuesday, until the National Elections Commission investigates allegations of irregularities and fraud in the first round. Charles Walker Brumskine, Harrison Karwea of the Liberty Party vs the National Elections Commission on allegation of frauds during the October 10, elections. Boakai is accusing the president of interfering in the October election by holding private meetings with election magistrates.
If all goes well before January 2018, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female president, will be the first elected president to turn over power to another elected president in 73 years (since 1944) in Liberia.
Leading the challenge in court, Charles Brumskine, the candidate of the opposition Liberty Party, alleged the October 10 presidential election was fraught with fraud and irregularities and called on the National Elections Commission to suspend the second-round voting until its case has been heard.
The Weah-Boakai runoff was triggered after no single candidate gained more than 50 percent of votes, though Weah topped the poll.
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Worldwide donors have poured billions of dollars into Liberia since Sirleaf was elected in 2005, and are eager to see completed what will be the country's first democratic transition in seven decades.
Many Liberians view the country with political class with suspicion.
"We think the will of the Liberian people was clear in that election that is it favoured the CDC", Phil Tarpeh Dixon, a CDC lawyer, told AFP.
The vice president was poised to go public with a weeks-long complaint by his supporters: that Sirleaf backs Weah, not the man who served alongside her in government for 12 years.
Addressing the court's five justices, Brumskine cited "gross irregularities".