George Weah Continues To Lead Polls In Liberia's Election
16 October, 2017, 08:57 | Author: Brenda Erickson
Soccer star George Weah of the main opposition Coalition for Democratic Change is leading Monday's presidential election in Liberia, according to the preliminary results released late Thursday.
Weah, a former world, African and European footballer of the year, received 39.2% of almost 1.2 million ballots cast in almost three-quarters of polling places, leading Boakai who had 29.6% of the vote, the commission said.
Officials from both Weah and Boakai's campaigns said they would accept the result. Vice President Joseph N. Boakai of the ruling Unity Party (UP), trails behind Weah with 427,550 votes, 29.1% of the national tally so far.
The final certified results from Tuesday's poll must be announced by October 25.
Boakai was more than 280,000 votes ahead of the third-placed candidate, lawyer Charles Brumskine, on 9.8 percent.
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The Liberian electoral law requires the eventual victor to have at least 50 per cent of votes cast which none of the candidates will be able to meet in this round of elections. Weah came second here with 2873, while Boakai got 1089.
All political parties, even if they are not participating in the run-off, have a stake in the electoral process.
Ali confirmed that Boakai's campaign had met with fourth placed candidate Alexander Cummings and ex-warlord-turned-senator Prince Johnson, who was in fifth place.
The campaign period for the possible run-off election shall commence on the day following the announcement of the final results, but the NEC may announce the results earlier and the campaign shall end 24 hours before Election Day.
The commission said that ballots would be re-cast in two polling places in Nimba County due to irregularities, although that measure only concerns a few thousand votes.
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