27 December 2017 –
UPDATE: Liberia’s National Election Commission (NEC) says it will begin the release of provisional results of Tuesday’s run-off elections on Thursday, according to a statement issued in Monrovia on Wednesday.
Meantime, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has been tipped by the Secretary General of the United Nations to lead support of the first peaceful transfer of power in Liberia.
According to a statement issued Wednesday by a spokeperson for the UN Secretary, “The Secretary-General hopes that the will of the Liberian electorate will be respected and that a seamless transfer power will take place within constitutional timelines,” and welcomed the peaceful conduct of elections in Liberia.
Former President Obasanjo will travel to the Liberian capital Monrovia on Thursday, on the request of Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
Vote counting is underway in Liberia following run-off election held on Tuesday to decide who will succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Incumbent ice-President Joseph Boakai and former international football icon turned Senator George Weah participated as candidates in the run-off elections. Nearly two million Liberians were eligible to vote in the second round of voting but reports say turnout was low across the country.
The former Nigerian leader Obasanjo serves as a mediation advisor to the UN Secretary General and has been involved in such efforts in several African counties including Namibia, Angola, South Africa, Burundi and Mozambique.
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