Liberia Electoral Crisis Deepening, As Several Demand Resignation Of NEC Chair

NEC Chair Jerome Korkoya

Following the halting of the November 7, 2017 presidential run-off by the Supreme Court of Liberia on Monday, until the National Elections Commission investigates allegations of irregularities and fraud in the first round, Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor said the electoral body had been proceeding “wrongly and illegally”.

Several Liberians including the ruling Unity Party (UP), the complained Liberty Party, and other ordinary Liberians are seriously demanding the immediate resignation of the Chairman of the Electoral body, Cllr. Jerome Korkoya for the ‘currently electoral problem being encountered’ which is now c

Speaking on a local radio station, some executives of the ruling Unity Party said they have resolved to barricade this week the headquarters of the National Elections Commission in demand of the Chairman of the Commission, noting, “We will be posted until the Chairman of NEC, Cllr. Korkoya resign his position as NEC Chairman,” a member of the UP stressed.

With this latest calls, Liberians are troubled of the process, noting that if this continue, Liberia may likely creep to interim government, a situation which will drag Liberia into constitutional crisis.

The Liberty Party, whose candidate Charles Brumskine came in third place, had appealed to the court to halt the runoff vote until the claims of irregularities are investigated. He and the party argued the Oct. 10 first round was marked by fraud and petitioned the court to compel the election commission to investigate their complaints.

Preparations for the Nov. 7 runoff had been halted until the court decision and are now on indefinite hold.

National Elections Commission lawyer Musa Dean told The Associated Press “the highest court of the land has spoken and we have to abide by the ruling.”

Chief Justice Korkpor confirmed that a runoff date will not be set until the commission has dealt with the irregularities complaint filed by the Liberty Party. He said that if the Liberty Party appeals the findings of the commission’s investigation, it must await the appeal process before the election can resume.

Brumskine last week told The Associated Press the election process is completely corrupted and that he looks forward to a rerun of the October vote, in which 20 candidates vied to replace Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.