Party calls for halt to election results
MONROVIA: One of Liberia’s leading political parties called for a halt in announcing the result of Tuesday’s presidential election, citing irregularities.
The Liberty Party, whose candidate Charles Brumskine was considered a front-runner to take over from Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said it would consider taking legal action if the National Elections Commission (NEC) did not act. The NEC was originally expected to release preliminary results today.
“The Liberty Party is deeply troubled by the discovery of numerous incidents of irregularities and fraud that occurred during the elections,” Liberty Party national chairman Benjamin Sanvee said in a statement.
“We are calling on NEC to immediately halt further announcements of results. If the NEC does not cooperate, we will take the appropriate legal action,” he said.
He did not give specific evidence of voter fraud and it was unclear what kind of activity could have altered the vote.
An NEC spokesman told reporters that it was unaware of the complaint and did not say whether the commission believed illegal acts occurred.
On election day materials – including ballot boxes – arrived late in some locations and some people struggled to find their names on voter rolls, witnesses said, but there was so far no evidence that this was linked to illicit activity. – Reuters