Soccer star still leading in Liberia presidential election

16 October, 2017, 00:09 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Liberia Monrovia Wahlen

According to an update from the National Elections Commission (NEC), Weah remains ahead with 240,750 votes (39.6%), while Unity Party candidate, Vice President Joseph Boakai trails closely behind with 160,975 votes (31.1%).

Charles Brumskine remains in third with nearly 10 percent of the votes.

It means the two candidates look set to contest November's run-off in what would be the west African nation's first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years.

The country's electoral body had registered 2.18 voters for the Presidential and legislative polls in the country of 4.5 million people.

The polling official was now in custody, Korkoya said, but the total of final results of the election will not be known until polling in the area is completed on Tuesday.

One of the largest political parties called for a halt to vote-counting Thursday, alleging voting irregularities and fraud. However, he has yet to produce evidence of cheating and global observers said they saw no major problems.

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Official reports had shown that Weah was leading during the week.

"This commission has not declared any victor", he stressed.

Whoever wins the vote will take over power from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who has served a maximum two terms and is stepping down after 12 years.

"The Secretary-General commends the efforts of the National Elections Commission and security institutions for this important milestone in the history of Liberia", said a statement issued by his Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric.

Liberia, Africa's oldest modern republic, was founded by freed USA slaves in 1847 but its last democratic power transfer occurred in 1944.

Ms Sirleaf took office in 2006, after her predecessor, Charles Taylor, was forced out of office by rebels in 2003, ending a long civil war.

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