Liberia Election: Boakai reiterates promise to accept election results

Joseph Boakai
Liberian Vice President, Joseph Boakai casting his vote [Photo: FrontPageAfrica]

Liberia’s Vice President Joseph Boakai has again promised to accept the result of the ongoing presidential run-off election if the exercise passes all tests of credibility.

Mr. Boakai made the same promise during the first round of elections on October 10.

Addressing journalists shortly after casting his vote at St. Kathlene McGure Memorial Catholic School in Rehab community outside Monrovia, he said the run-off was an acid test for Liberia’s democracy.

The vice president is contesting against former international football star, George Weah, to succeed outgoing president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

Mr. Boakai joined opposition figure and third-place finisher in the first round, Charles Brumskine, in challenging the results, calling for a rerun on allegation of massive fraud and irregularities.

The Supreme Court had halted the run-off earlier slated for November 7 pending the determination of the complainants’ petition by the National Elections Commission, NEC.

NEC dismissed the complaints on the ground that they could not provide sufficient evidence to warrant a rerun of the elections as demanded by them.

The case proceeded to the apex court, which also thrashed the complainants’ appeal in its ruling on December 7 for want of evidence to substantiate their claims.

Both men had also called for the resignation of NEC’s Chairman, Jerome Korkoya, whom they accused of bias and incompetence.

Responding to a question on whether he now had faith in the Korkoya-led NEC, Mr. Boakai said he was left with no other choice than to “live with it”.

“We’re living with it; whether we have (confidence on the commission) or not, we’re living with it. We’ll work with it, we’ll accept the result.’’

“It is great day for Liberia – a test day for democracy. We will accept the results provided they meet all the standards.

“My focus now is to win, from there, I am going to get on the drawing board with my team and then we will put a plan together to move our country forward,” he said.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan had, on Monday, met separately with Boakai and Weah during which he appealed to them to accept the outcome of the election results.

In a statement, his media adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, reported the former president as urging both men to appeal to their supporters to keep the peace.

(NAN)

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

 

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.

Donate


NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: To place a text-based advert here. Call Willie - +2347088095401


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.