Liberian general election, 1927

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Liberian presidential election, 1927
Liberia
1923 ←
3 May 1927 → 1931

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Nominee Charles D. B. King Thomas J. Faulkner
Party True Whig PP
Popular vote 240,000 9,000

Elected President

Charles D. B. King

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General elections were held in Liberia in 1927. In the presidential election, the result was a victory for Charles D. B. King of the True Whig Party, who was re-elected for a third term after defeating Thomas J. Faulkner of the People's Party.[1] However, the vote was referred to as "the most rigged ever" by Francis Johnson-Morris, a modern head of the country's National Election Commission,[2] and also made it into the Guinness Book of Records as the most fraudulent ever,[3][4] as despite there being fewer than 15,000 registered voters in the country at the time, King received around 240,000 votes, compared to 9,000 for Faulkner.[2]

Results[edit]

Candidate Party Votes %
Charles D. B. King True Whig Party 243,000 96.43
Thomas J. Faulkner People's Party 9,000 3.57
Total 252,000 100

Aftermath[edit]

Following the election, Faulkner accused members of the True Whig Party government of using slave labour at home and selling slaves to the Spanish colony of Fernando Po, as well as involving the Army in the process.[5] Despite the government's denials and a refusal to cooperate, the League of Nations established the "International Commission of Inquiry into the Existence of Slavery and Forced Labor in the Republic of Liberia",[6] under the chairmanship of British jurist Cuthbert Christy to determine the extent of the problem.[5] American President Herbert Hoover briefly suspended relations to press Monrovia into compliance.[7] In 1930 the committee's report was published, and although it could not substantiate charges of slavery and forced labor, it implicated government officials, including both King and vice president Allen Yancy of profiting from forced labor, which it equated to slavery.[6] There were also suggestions about putting Liberia into trusteeship.[8] As a result, the House of Representatives began impeachment procedures against King, who quickly resigned.[5] He was succeeded by Edwin Barclay. Faulkner contested the 1931 elections, but lost again.[1]

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