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Counting Underway Following Run-Off Elections in Liberia

Counting is underway in the west African country of Liberia following voting in crucial run off elections on Tuesday.

Political Subdivision Map of Liberia

Political Subdivision Map of Liberia

The winner will replace two-term incumbent and Nobel Peace Laureate Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.

Contestants are incumbent Vice President of the ruling Unity Party (UP) Joseph Boakai and former international football star turned Senator George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC)

Both candidates cast their votes earlier on Tuesday and each said they were confident of winning. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf voted in Bomi County, her hometown.

Liberians Waiting To Vote

File Photo of Liberians Waiting To Vote

The polls are being observed by local and international organizations and community who, late on Tuesday, said the polls were better organized than the first round. The voting passed of peacefully. across the country.

The BBC reports that turn out was relatively low compared to the first round on October 10th. Nearly two million Liberians were eligible to vote in the run-off which will see the peaceful transfer of state power in over 70 years..

The country’s electoral body is expected to announced the results later this week, The new President will be inaugurated in January.

West African Journal Magazine