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Delayed presidential run-off raises risk of protests in Liberian capital if supporters sense Weah victory in jeopardy

03 November 2017

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A hearing at Liberia’s Supreme Court is due to be held today (3 November) at which the National Electoral Commission (NEC) will be asked to defend itself against fraud allegations during the first round of voting in the country’s presidential elections last month, in which no candidate won an outright victory.

On 31 October, the court ordered a suspension of preparations for the presidential run-off, due on 7 November. This followed a challenge to the first-round result by the Liberty Party (LP) amid accusations of irregularities, including tampering with ballot boxes and late opening of polling stations. The second round pits opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) candidate George Weah against ruling Unity Party (UP) candidate Joseph Boakai.

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