Liberia presidential poll heads for runoff


Liberia main opposition Unity Party (UP) leader Joseph Boakai (left) with incumbent president George Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC)

from MULBAH WESSEH in Monrovia, Liberia
Liberia Bureau
MONROVIA, (CAJ News) – THERE are fears of political violence as Liberia heads for presidential runoff elections in less than three weeks.

Polls are scheduled for the 14th of November.

The runoff is an aftermath of the October 10 poll that did not provide a clear winner.

Incumbent, the former soccer star George Weah (Congress for Democratic Change), garnered 43,83 percent of the votes.

World footballer of the year in 1995, Weah (57), is again to face former Vice President Joseph Boakai (Unity Party) who came second with 43,44 percent.

Boakai is 78.

The National Elections Commission has also announced a re-run at two polling stations in Nimba County due to the theft and destruction of voting material.

Overall election day went peacefully but there were some irregularities reported by international observers.

Security concerns remain, however, due to violence that occurred ahead of October 10, including deadly clashes between rival supporters in the country of 5 million people.

– CAJ News










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