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Brumskine demands recusal

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Liberty Party (LP) Standard Bearer Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, pushes his demand further here, calling for the recusal of the National Elections Commission (NEC’s) Board of Commissioners from hearing his complaint filed with the electoral house.

His demand came Monday, 6 November after the Supreme Court ordered the NEC to suspend the holding of presidential runoff election had been scheduled for today, 7 November between the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of Senator George Weah and Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai of the ruling Unity Party (UP), pending outcome of the hearing.

The High Court granted a prohibition Monday that the NEC cannot hold a runoff until it resolves Brumskine’s complaint, alleging fraud and irregularities in the first round of polling on October 10.

Cllr. Brumskine told a news conference in Monrovia that NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya made a statement that the pieces of evidence produced by the LP are fake and lack substance.

According to him, the LP has instructed its legal team to ask for the recusal of the NEC Board of Commissioners on grounds that the board is no longer independent. He says the NEC chairman has rubbished the evidence, thereby making him to have a side.

The LP Standard Bearer threatens that the legal battle against the electoral process has not ended yet, telling those supporting his party that the opinion of the Supreme Court is only the beginning.

“Evil, which has taken us down this road in the first place, is going to strike back with venom. So, all who can pray, join us in praying to God; all who can sing, sing unto the Lord; even if you, like me, cannot sing, make a joyful noise unto the Lord with prayer and supplication. And good will prevail over evil,” he notes.

He cautions Liberians to be aware of wolves in sheep’s clothing, saying, “They come even in the name of the Lord.”
“They crucify us for doing what is right, and glorify those who would destroy our country; they argue that pursuing a patriotic course in accordance with the law and the word of God is bad for our country; they know that the elections were fraudulent, that the constitutional rights of hundreds of thousands of Liberians were violated,” Brumskine argues.

He believes that the level of irregularities would place the October 10, 2017 Presidential and Representative Elections in the Guinness Book of Record., though he says [people] still advocate that nothing must be done about it, risking the demise of any hope of developing liberal democracy in Liberia.

Brumskine says he believes that there are not many Liberians who do not want to change [the country] for the better, adding that most Liberians are apprehensive, because change in the country has become synonymous to suffering, destruction and death.

“But my commitment to the people of Liberia—that there will be no violence as we strive to change our country for the better—remains unshaken,” he call.

By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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