Liberia polls: Weah, Boakai in close race, run-off in sight
By John Eche
With more results trickling in from last Tuesday’s presidential and parliamentary polls in Liberia, indications are that a run-off is in sight between the two front runners, incumbent President George Weah and star opposition contender, Joseph Boakai.
Already, both candidates have over 40 percent of the votes cast from about 50 percent of polling results already declared by yhe umpire. However, the constitutional litmus is for over 50 percent of the votes recorded for the winning party.
A similar stalemate had been recorded in 2017 between both contenders with Weah, a former celebrity footballer, eventually edging out his opponent.
Liberia is a West African nation and had in the past been wracked with both electoral violence and civil war. The umpires have up to October 15 to declare the final outcome and make a determination.