Runoff Increasingly Likely as Votes Counted in Liberian Election Reach 75%

Frederick Owens
October 16, 2017

Weah has taken an early lead in Liberia's presidential election as the West African nation begins releasing provisional results.

Weah now commands 39.2% of votes cast and counted while Boakai has taken 29.6%, the chairperson of the National Elections Commission (NEC) Joseph Korkoya told journalists in Monrovia.

A candidate needs more than 50% of the votes for outright victory If no-one achieves that, a second round will be held in November, which is increasingly looking likely between the two leading contenders.

The election's final results must be announced by October 25.

Former footballer George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai are well ahead in Liberia's presidential poll, according to partial results.

Out of 11 of the 15 electoral constituencies, the CDC leader came first, with 37% of valid votes vs. 28% for his closest rival.

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Meanwhile Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine of the Liberty Party (LP), Ex-Coca-Cola executive Alexander B. Cummings of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) and Sen. "I thank them for participating in this process", she said.

"As far as I'm concerned, I know the Unity Party is going to win the elections; nothing is going to stop it", he had said.

Even before Sunday's results announcement, both campaigns had already begun courting other candidates, seeking their support in the run-off. If no candidate receives an absolute majority, then there will be a run-off election between the two candidates who received the most votes.

Johnson said he had also been contacted by Weah.

The vote will be re-run in two polling places in Nimba County on Tuesday, however, due to irregularities, although that measure only concerns a few thousand votes.

Brumskine has denounced the vote, claiming it was plagued by fraud and called for a new election though worldwide observers gave the poll a clean bill of health.

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