Will the second round of presidential elections in Liberia be held as scheduled on November 7?
The country’s Supreme Court has cast doubt on the continuation of the electoral process on Tuesday indicating that there will be no new ballot until it has cleared the litigation of the first round of the presidential election.
On the judges’ table are the accusations of fraud by this man, Charles Brumskin, the Liberty Party champion, who came third in the first round behind George Weah and outgoing vice president Joseph Boakai.
In an order, the court asked the Liberty Party and the Electoral Commission to prepare their charges and defense by Thursday.
Nothing was said about the length of the hearings and whether they will end before November 7, the date of the next election.
Earlier in the week, the ruling party that supports Joseph Boakai also accused Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, one of its own members, of interfering in the election process in favor of candidate Weah. Charges rejected by the outgoing president, but which could lead to a trial.
It remained unclear on Wednesday by what date the Supreme Court expects to make a ruling.
As President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf prepares to step down after 12 years in power, the polls are expected to mark the first time in 73 years that a democratically elected president peacefully hands over power to a successor chosen by the people.
Liberia remains one of the poorest countries in the world and continues to struggle with the aftermath of the 2013-15 Ebola crisis, which killed more than 4,000 people.
It is also still dealing with the fallout of a 14-year civil war that ended in 2003 after having claimed more than 250,000 lives and displacing about a million people.
This evolution of the situation in Liberia recalls the role already played in early September by the Supreme Court of Kenya which had invalidated the provisional results of the presidential election published by the Electoral Commission.