Liberian presidential candidate George Weah’s party said on Wednesday that it will respect the decision to delay the country’s planned run-off vote, but called for the electoral process to be put back on course in a “timely” manner. The former international football star was supposed to face Vice President Joseph Boakai in the second round of presidential elections in the English-speaking West African country on Tuesday. But the runoff vote, which was meant to represent Liberia’s only democratic transfer of power in seven decades, was halted on Monday by the Supreme Court over an opposition party complaint of electoral fraud.
Commentators now expect the vote to be delayed for days or even weeks as the country’s electoral commission deals with the grievances.
“While we are respecting the decision of the Supreme Court… we call on all people, including the national election commission, to act timely to set back on course the electoral process until the runoff election is held,” said Ansu Koneh, a spokesperson for Weah’s Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).
“Any attempt to highjack those provisions through political tricks and stealing will be rejected,” he said.