Brumskine Returns To Supreme Court
-Rejects NEC’s Ruling
-Hearing Scheduled For Friday
The lead complainant in the long running alleged election fraud case in Liberia, Liberty Party’s defeated Standard Bearer, Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine, has returned to the Supreme Court in protest of latest decision rendered against him by the National Elections Commission (NEC).Recently, the Board of Commissioners held a ruling from the Commission’s Hearing Officer that Cllr. Brumskine and his collaborating parties failed to produce evidence sufficient to overturn results of the October polls as being demanded by the aggrieved parties, including the ruling Unity Party (UP),the All Liberian Party (ALP) and the Alternative National Congress (ANC).
Cllr. Brumskine was amongst 20 candidates who contested the October 10, 2017 Presidential and Representatives polls; he came third according to official results released by the electoral body.
But he claims there were “massive systematic fraud and irregularities” during the October elections and is calling for a rerun of the entire elections, including the representatives polls.
While initial investigation was underway at the Commission to establish whether or not the fraud claims have legal merit and at same time preparing for a runoff election between the candidates that came first and second in the political race, Cllr. Brumskine quickly ran to the High Court and prayed for a prohibition until his complaint was adjudicated.
Although NEC said, its decision to proceed with preparation for the runoff while investigation was ongoing at the commission was in conformity with the elections law of Liberia, yet the Supreme Court, as a final arbiter of Justice ruled in favor of the aggrieved Cllr. Brumskine and placed a stay order on the runoff election until the Commission settles the Liberty Party’s alleged fraud case.
The Court sent Cllr. Brumskine back to NEC for the continuation and conclusion of the case but the case has since been finalized but the pained Liberty Party Standard Bearer has rejected the latest ruling and returned to the Supreme Court for redress.
However, the High Court has confirmed receipt of the Liberty Party’s protest and set this Friday for hearing.
Meanwhile, the pending ruling from the Court would determine whether Liberia will go into a constitutional crisis or set the history of peaceful transition of power from democratically elected president to another in several decades, since 1944, 73 years on.
The Nation and it International partners are watching to see the outcome of the process.