…..Supreme Court Lifts Prohibition On Election
The Supreme Court of Liberia has ordered a run-off of the presidential election and mandated the National Elections Commission (NEC) to proceed with the process of setting a new date.
In a more than 126 summarized opinion read by Associate Justice, Philip A.Z. Banks on Thursday, December 7, 2017, the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the NEC for a run-off.
Cllr. Banks indicated that the Liberty Party failed to produce sufficient evidence to annul the result of the October 10 elections.
The High Court further said that witnesses of Liberty Party fell short of naming specific polling places, districts and polling centers where it claimed there were massive frauds and irregularities.
Banks stated that allegations of frauds and irregularities in some places, does not indicate irregularities throughout the country adding that the Supreme Court will not dwell on widespread speculations.
He stressed that the Supreme Court cannot proceed to annul the entire result of the elections because to him, there is enormous consequences for the entire nation.
The ruling, which was unanimous with four justices affirming the decision for run-off and one dissenting opinion by Justice Kabina Ja’neh, indicated that the court acknowledged that there were violations by election workers but such violations do not warrant a rerun of the elections.
The Supreme Court has also ordered the NEC to clean up the Final Registration Roll (FRR) and ensure that it is published in hard copies at all polling places across the country.
Additionally, the Court warned that poll watchers, who are not registered at a particular polling place, should not be allowed to vote at that polling place.