Observers Declare Liberian Elections Credible
Following a progressive tally of votes from Liberia’s runoff presidential election, the leader of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change, Senator George Weah, in the lead ahead of Vice President Joseph Boakai in a crucial county. The National Elections Commission says it will begin the announcement of provisional results today, while election observer missions have described the December 26 poll as credible.
Few weeks ago, the ruling body gave the go ahead for the run-off polls.
Liberia’s Supreme Court ruled that evidence of fraud during October’s first round of presidential elections was insufficient to merit a re-run.
Therefore, the final round of voting between the two leading candidates – ex-footballer George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai was cleared to proceed.
The soccer legend, now a politician, George Manneh Weah, is very hopeful that he would be declared winner of the December 26 Presidential Runoff.
He’s already putting up a team “to go to the drawing board,” he said.
Weah lost one Presidential election to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2005.
In 2011, going as a running mate to Cllr. Winston Tubman, lost another election to outgoing President Sirleaf whose Vice President, Joseph Boakai, he believes, is no match to him.
“We are making our decision today and you can see I am excited and I know that I am going to win because Liberians have resolved to make me their next President. My focus now is to make sure I come out of the election victorious.
“From there, I am going to get on the drawing board with my team and then we’ll put a plan together to move our country forward,” Weah told reporters just after casting his vote on Tuesday.
Weah attained his first political office in 2014 when he won the Montserrado County senatorial seat by a landslide victory.
But he stands criticized for not doing much with the position to improve the lives of the youths in the county and representing the down trodden whose communities are his stronghold.
At the regional level, he represents the country at the ECOWAS Parliament and has also received backlashes for skipping sessions.
However, he remains a phenomenon in the country’s politics – often viewed as the less qualified, yet the most followed (whether they have voting IDs or not).
Following the December 26 election in which he took part, the National Elections Commission (NEC) would be releasing its first batch of official results later today. Unofficial figures being collected from various polling places around the country put Weah in a comfortable position as compared to his contender.
A victory for him would make him Liberia’s first democratically elected President to receive power from an outgoing democratically elected President in 73 years.