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%.
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.
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