Senator George Weah Leads In Provisional Results of Run-Off Election

Presidential Run-off Preliminary Results 2017   

Provisional results of Liberia’s run-off elections held Tuesday and announced by the country’s electoral body indicate that WEAH, George Manneh (CDC) HOWARD-TAYLOR, Jewel C. (CDC) Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC)-CDC, NPP & LPDP with 720,023 or 61.5% while incumbent Vice President BOAKAI, Joseph Nyuma (UP) NUQUAY, Emmanuel James (UP) Unity Party (UP) gained 451,088 or 38.5%.

Liberia
Liberia

This preliminary result represents 5,286 of 5,390 (98.1%) Polling Places Reporting.

It now appears Senator Weah is on track to be the next President of Liberia and succeed President Ellen Johnson Sirlead who has led the small African country for the last 12 years.

In the first round of voting held on October 10th, the ruling Unity Party (UP) led by incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai gained 28.8% of the vote while the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) of Senator George Weah collected 38.4%. As the two highest voter getters, they were eligible to contest the run-off elections.

Liberian Voters At Rally Town Market jpg
Liberian Voters At Rally Town Market

The second round of voting was delayed due to legal challenges filed against the conduct of the process by the third place winner in the first round – the Liberty Party(LP) which cited “fraud and irregularities”. Following an investigation by the National Elections Commission (NEC) the LP’s claims were dismissed. A second challenge by the ruling UP to delay the run-off was over ruled by the country’s high court. An estimated two million Liberians were eligible to vote. However, voter turn-out was low across the country.

International observers say the polls were better organized than the first round in October with no major issues. According to the electoral body, a woman who attempted to vote twice was caught and turned over to police. The head of the regional economic grouping ECOWAS observation mission and former President of Ghana John Mahama described the conduct of the run-off elections as “free and fair.” The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has welcomed the peaceful vote in the country.

The new President will be inaugurated in January, in line with the country’s Constitution and serve a six-year term.

West African Journal Magazine

 

Published by

West African Journal Magazine

The West African Journal was a major magazine publication in the United States with a focus on the Mano River region and West Africa sub-region during the civil crises in Liberia and neighboring countries during the decades of the 1990s. This was the period when many citizens and others in the sub-region were fleeing their homeland due to conflicts, and the magazine was a reliable source of information covering developments in the region and in the Diaspora.  However, the magazine suspended publication several years ago but is now back. It is, therefore, delightful that The West African Journal has been reactivated. The print edition of the magazine, to be published monthly and distributed in the United States, West Africa, and other parts of the world, will provide analysis of the major events of the period under review. Due to challenges relating to availability of reading materials in the sub-region, a few hundred copies of every edition of the magazine will be distributed free of charge to libraries and reading rooms at schools and institutions of higher learning in the sub-West Africa sub-region. The Journal covers government/politics, economics/international trade/investment and partnerships, women's issues, showcase of tourism and historic attractions in West Africa in particular, and Africa in general, as well as cover the Diaspora, entrepreneurship, among others. The Journal also taps into growing interest in the Unites States regarding resource-rich Africa as the next frontier for global economic progress amid an increasing global competition for access to the continent’s abundant natural resources. The magazine will regularly cover bilateral and multilateral partnerships between the US/multinational agencies and Africa/individual African countries. More importantly, in considering the danger of Climate Change and Global Warming, The Journal serves as a strong and unrelenting advocate to create international awareness regarding Climate Change, especially how West African countries and the African Continent as a whole are being negatively impacted. Through its environmental coverage, The Journal promotes education and awareness for people to be empowered. Our experienced team of editors, reporters and feature writers are excited to bring the stories that impact politics, finance, economy, arts, health, education, climate change, women and youth issues in Africa today. Contact The West African Journal is registered and published in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. Plans are underway to open a bureau office in Liberia, from which operations in other West African countries will be coordinated. Our journalists, who bring decades of high engagement of news and reportage, include former BBC veteran correspondent Isaac D.E. Bantu, former Daily Observer Features Editor and publisher of the West African Journal Joe S. Kappia, and Pana Press Editor Tepitapia K. Sannah, and respected Photo journalist and editor Gregory Stemn. These experienced and internationally-respected journalists ensure a high standard of professional journalism. Information and inquiries for The West African Journal should be directed to the following: Editor-in-Chief; Email: WestAfricanJournalMagazine@gmail.com Isaac D.E. Bantu: Publishing Partner; Email: WestAfricanJournalMagazine@gmail.com Mailing Address: P.O. Box 55053, Washington, D.C. 20040-5053 USA Thank you. Managing Editor