Liberia’s Supreme Court is expected to rule later today on whether there will be a run-off or re-run of the presidential election.

Ex-football star George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai were due to go head-to-head in the 7 November vote.

But at the beginning of November the Supreme Court ordered preparations for a run-off to be halted to allow for investigations about allegations of fraud in the first round.

The Liberty Party’s Charles Brumskine, who came third in the first round, has challenged the result.

Mr Brumskine and the Liberty Party said the first round was “characterised by massive systematic irregularities and fraud”, including polling stations opening late and therefore preventing people from voting.

Liberia’s privately owned Daily Observer says:

“What remains to be answered is that, if the court accepts to clean up the voter roll, how soon will that be? This is one of the questions the court will be answering today.”

Mr Weah obtained the highest number of votes in the first round, but failed to secure an outright win. Mr Boakai came second, making the two the main contenders in a new election.

 

BBC