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Liberian election official fired

2011-10-28 14:45

Monrovia - Liberia's election commission has fired its information officer, after a letter he sent to the opposition CDC erroneously stated they had been placed first in October 11 presidential elections.

National Electoral Commission chairperson James Fromayan said at a press conference on Thursday night that Bobby Livingstone had been fired "with immediate effect".

The letter was to confirm to parties the holding of a run-off election on November 08, after President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led the first round of voting with 43.9%, but failed to win an absolute majority.

The Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) candidate Winston Tubman scored 32.7%.

However the letter said Sirleaf's Unity Party had won 32.7% and the CDC "received the highest vote total among the 16 candidates".

The National Electoral Commission has already come under fire from the CDC who claimed fraud and irregularities in the first round and demanded the chairman be fired or they would pull out of the run-off.

"It is very much possible that this was an error, still it highlights incompetence on the part of the chairman which we have said for the last three weeks," said CDC campaign manager George Solo.

Fraud accusations have raised tensions in the country which is marking only its second election since the end of a 14-year conflict which ended in 2003 leaving some 250 000 dead.