Supreme Court Affirm Runoff Elections, Orders NEC To Make Preparations

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Abuja - The Supreme Court of Liberia has lifted its stay order on the country's presidential run-off election earlier billed for November 7.

"In the absence of sufficient evidence, the court can not order a re-run of the election", Justice Philip Banks said, reading out the court's decision.

NEC in its ruling, upheld by the Board of Commissioners dismissed the claims of massive fraud and irregularities during an appeal hearing sometime last month.

Brumskine was joined by the Unity Party in his call for a rerun of the election, saying it was marred by fraud and irregularities.

The Supreme Court will this afternoon hand down its much awaited decision into the prolonged 10 October 2017 elections disputes over the results which have left much uncertainty here.

The runoff should go ahead, Justice Philip Banks said in the ruling Thursday in the capital, Monrovia.

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Although a re-run was not granted Liberty Party had requested, the court did direct NEC to clean up and publish the final voter registration roll at all polling places.

NEC was also ordered not to allow anyone whose name is not in the FRR to vote during the runoff.

1 decision by the Supreme Court, dissenting judge, Justice Kabineh M. Ja'neh said it was deeply disconcerting that his colleagues had chose to ignore the glaring discrepancies and evidence of gross irregularities in electoral process leading up to and during the October polls.

The court also ordered NEC's chairman, Jerome Korkoya, and other staff of the commission to refrain from making public statements that may suggest bias in relation to complaints filed with the commission.

Meanwhile, NEC is expected to announce a date for the second round, which would be between the two leading candidates, football icon George Weah and incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai.

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