Weah, Boakai in Liberian presidential run-off

2017-10-16 06:00
People wait in Monrovia to cast their ballots. (Abbas Dulleh, AP)

People wait in Monrovia to cast their ballots. (Abbas Dulleh, AP)

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Monrovia - Former international footballer George Weah and Liberia's Vice President Joseph Boakai will face a run-off for the presidency on November 7, the national election commission announced on Sunday.

With tallies in from 95.6% of polling stations, Weah took 39.0% of the votes and Boakai 29.1%, both well short of the 50% barrier required to win outright from the first round of voting held on Tuesday.

National Elections Commission chair Jerome Korkoya told journalists that 1 550 923 votes had been counted and turnout was at 74.52%. 

Three other candidates took a significant share of votes with veteran opposition leader Charles Brumskine at 9.8%, former Coca-Cola executive Alexander Cummings at 7.1% and former warlord turned preacher Prince Johnson at 7%.

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

Read more on:    george weah  |  joseph boakai  |  liberia  |  liberia 2017 elections  |  west africa

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