Sunday, 15 October 2017

Liberia Election: George Weah, Joseph Boakai to contest in Presidential runoff

Liberia’s electoral commission on Sunday announced that former footballer George Weah and incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai will face each other in a runoff vote for the presidency.

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

Weah has taken 39.0 percent of the votes and Boakai 29.1 percent, from the vote counts in from 95.6 percent of the polling stations.

Both candidates are well short of the 50 percent barrier required to win the presidency outright from the first round of voting held on Tuesday.

Three other candidates took a significant share of votes with veteran opposition leader Charles Brumskine at 9.8 per cent, former Coca-Cola Executive Alexander Cummings at 7.1 per cent and former warlord turned preacher Prince Johnson at 7.0 per cent.

These candidates will now decide which runoff contender they will direct their supporters to follow, holding significant sway over the final results.

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