Liberia’s Election Body Dismisses Voting Fraud Complaints

A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Monrovia during presidential and legislative elections on Oct. 10, 2017. Photographer: ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images

(Bloomberg) – Liberia’s election commission dismissed charges that the first round of the country’s presidential polls were marred by fraud.

The complaints were brought by Charles Brumskine, the Liberty Party candidate, who was eliminated from the race to succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf after winning 9.7 percent of the vote in the Oct. 10 polls. The round was won by former soccer star George Weah, with Vice President Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party coming second.

Weah and Boakai were suppose to face one another in a runoff earlier this month because neither secured the majority needed for an outright victory. Boakai came out in support of Brumskine’s complaints and accused Johnson Sirleaf of having improper meetings with election officials.

The Liberty Party didn’t offer sufficient evidence to prove the accusations, Muana Ville, chief dispute hearing officer of the National Elections Commission, said Monday in the capital, Monrovia.

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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.