Liberia’s Presidential Runoff Delayed by Fraud Investigation

Liberia’s Presidential Runoff Delayed by Fraud Investigation

Mr. Boakai’s ruling Unity Party has backed the Liberty Party’s allegations and even accused Mrs. Sirleaf, one of its own members, of interfering in the vote by holding private meetings with election magistrates.

Mrs. Sirleaf denied that the meetings were inappropriate. Observers from the European Union and the Carter Center said they saw no major problems with the first round vote.

Addressing the court’s five justices, Mr. Brumskine cited “gross irregularities.” In its complaint last week, the Liberty Party cited the late opening of polls, the absence of crowd control and fraud by elections commission officials.

Lawyers for the elections commission replied that the petitioners did not have any evidence and asked that the court lift its stay so that the commission could organize the second round.

The streets of the capital, Monrovia, remained calm with riot police deployed to protect the Supreme Court building and the elections commission headquarters.

Mr. Weah won the first round with 38.4 percent of the vote to Mr. Boakai’s 28.8 percent. Mr. Brumskine won nearly 10 percent.

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