Liberians go to the polls Today, Tuesday December 26, to elect either current Vice President, John Boakai of the Unity Party, or former footballer George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).
This follows seven weeks of delays caused by legal challenges against the country’s electoral commission lodged by Boakai’s party, polling stations will open at 8:00 am (0800 GMT) for the West African nation’s 2.1 million voters.
They will choose a successor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is stepping down after serving 12 years as Africa’s first elected female leader, representing Liberia’s only democratic transfer of power since 1944.
On Monday, trucks filled with voting materials were escorted by police around the capital Monrovia, after leaving the offices of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), which has rushed to clean the national voter register to avoid allegations of fraud.
Both contenders have already announced they are confident of victory but the final result is not expected to be known for a few days.
Meanwhile, Ghana’s former president John Dramani Mahama is in Monrovia as the Head of ECOWAS Election Observation Team.
Former President Mahama reminded Liberians that the sanctity of the polls, and the stability of the country after the elections, will depend on them and not ECOWAS, the Observers or the UN.