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Liberian Supreme Court ruling approving presidential run-off reduces likelihood of transitional government and protests

08 December 2017


Liberia’s Supreme Court announced on 7 December that the country’s second-round presidential run-off would go ahead, on condition that the voters’ registration roll is cleaned up, published, and distributed to polling stations.

The court confirmed the outcome of an investigation by the National Elections Commission (NEC) into a complaint of fraud in the first round of October’s presidential and legislative elections, agreeing there was insufficient evidence of irregularities on a scale that would require a re-run. Consequently, it lifted a writ of prohibition issued on 6 November which halted preparations for the second round and instructed the NEC to proceed with the run-off vote.

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