Commission to begin results release process, Thursday
By John Eche
The National Electoral Commission of Liberia, NEC has refuted claims of a winner having emerged in Tuesday’s presidential elections re-run in the West African country, revealing that that process would only commence Thursday and be concluded on Friday, December 29 when the final results would be announced
The contest has pitted Vice President Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party against ex-footballer George Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change and both camps have since claimed on social media that they were on the road to victory.
A notice culled from the official website of the commission reads:
”The National Elections Commission (NEC) says it will on Thursday December 28 begin the announcement of provisional results of the 2017 presidential runoff.
The runoff was held on Tuesday December 26 between VP Joseph Boakai of the UP and Senator George Weah of the CDC.
Tallying of votes started today, Tuesday across the country and it is continuing.
Meanwhile, the Commission clarifies that it did not schedule a press conference for Wednesday at 11am as was implied in the media. The Commission regrets inconveniences this misinformation may have caused everyone.
The media will be duly informed on every step along the way.’
Former Presidents John Mahama of Ghana and Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria were among the scores of observers that witnessed the re-run polls process.
Liberia, with a population of 4.6 million people of which 2.2 million are registered voters, has 5,390 polling places and communications and logistics can be difficult as you head out of the capital, Monrovia.
Outgoing President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf