George Weah takes comfortable lead in Liberia presidential poll

Provisional results released by Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC) put African football great, George Weah, in a comfortable lead.

The figures showed the two-time presidential aspirant was ahead in 11 out of 15 counties, though most of the votes are yet to be counted.

Vice President Joseph Boakai was leading in one county and comes after Mr Weah in other counties.

For a candidate to be declared as the winner of the poll, s/he will need more than 50 percent of the valid votes cast.

A rerun will be held in November, 2017 if no candidate amasses that votes.

The October 10 polls were to elect a new president for the oldest modern democracy in West Africa as well as senators.

Nobel Peace laureate and Africa’s first elected President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will step down in 2018 after serving the mandatory two terms of 12 years.

Ms Sirleaf, 78, took office in 2006 after her predecessor and former warlord Charles Taylor was forced out of office in 2003.

Mr Taylor is serving jail term in the UK after he was sentenced by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to 50 years in prison for his contribution in the Sierra Leonean war.

Mr Weah, 51, and his running mate Jewel Howard Taylor will be sworn in next year if they amass the requisite votes. Howard Taylor is the former wife of Charles Taylor.

Votes counted so far by Liberia’s Election Commission

 

 

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