Liberty Party to Appeal to Supreme Court in Election Fraud Case

MONROVIA, Montserrado – Charles Brumskine’s Liberty Party will file an appeal to the Supreme Court this week in its ongoing quest to see a rerun of the October 10 elections.

Liberty Party’s appeal to the court comes after the party exhausted all options it had in appealing to the National Elections Commission that fraud and irregularities during the elections were so egregious that they affected the election’s results.

NEC’s chief dispute hearing officer had denied the party’s request on Monday, Nov. 20 because of insufficient evidence of fraud. The party then appealed to NEC’s board of commissioners, adding in a request that Jerome Korkoya, chairman of NEC, recuse himself from the appeal hearing.

On Friday, November 24, Liberty Party’s appeal was denied, paving the way for the Supreme Court appeal.

Daniel O. Sando, assistant secretary general for press and publicity of Liberty Party, told The Bush Chicken on Sunday via mobile phone that the party had decided to file an appeal at the Supreme Court.

He said Liberty Party “took exception to the NEC board of commissioners ruling on late Friday” although he did not give the specific day when the party would make the appeal.

Daniel O. Sando, Liberty Party’s assistant secretary general for press and publicity. Photo: Zeze Ballah

Liberty Party’s complaint that the elections were fraudulent has put a halt to the runoff presidential election, which was originally scheduled for Nov. 7.

A writ of prohibition filed to the Supreme Court to prevent NEC from proceeding with the runoff election was granted until the party’s claims were heard.

Featured photo by Zeze Ballah

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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