Liberia election run-off: Low turnout greets poll

A seemingly general low voters’ turnout mars Tuesday, December 26, 2017 runoff presidential election here, between incumbent Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai of the governing Unity Party (UP) and former soccer icon Senator George Manneh Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).

CDC’s Weah received 38.4 percent of total votes cast in the first round of poll conducted on October 10, 2017 followed by UP’s Boakai 28.8 percent, the two highest votes which qualified them for the runoff from among a total of 20 presidential candidates who contested in round one of polling.

Seventy-three years old Boakai and Weah, 51, are vying to succeed Nobel Laureate and first female President in Africa, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is ending her second and final constitutional term in office.

The Chairman of the National Elections Commission announces here that the NEC begins releasing provisional results from the runoff poll today, Wednesday, December 27.

Addressing a brief news conference in Monrovia immediately after poll closed across the country Tuesday, Chairman Jerome George Korkoya describes voting as peaceful and smooth throughout Liberia.
He explains that tallying of results commences also today, and results will be immediately posted at various precincts.

The Commission qualifies over 2 million voters to participate in the runoff presidential election after clearing the FRR of duplicated names in compliance with mandate from the Supreme Court.

The election will produce the first democratic political transition in Liberia in 73 years since Independence in 1847.