By Festus Poquie
The 2023 elections map is drawn as presidential candidates and some 900 people vying for seats in the legislature crisscross the country, canvassing for votes with barely a month to elections day on October 10.
Incumbent President George Weah seeking to retained office has already covered seven counties including vote-rich Montserrado where he has toured all 17 districts.
On Thursday September 7, Wean and the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change will host a rally in Monrovia to outline gains made in the first six-year term and unveil plans for the second term run.
His main rival Joseph Boakai has visited one county – Grand Bassa and is still touring the capital territory area of Monrovia. His running mate Jeremiah Koung and Senator Prince Johnson are actively campaign in Northeastern Nimba County, which sits second to Montserrado in relations to registered voters.
Nimba County maintains its populous status recording 308, 421, nearly swallowing the combined six counties of the Southeastern region, which in aggregate vote size has 309,948 eligible voters.
The National Elections Commission voter registration results
show: Bong 234,787, Grand Gedeh 63,942, Grand Kru 42,398, Lofa 177,129, Maryland 67,600, River Gee 37,807, River Cess 39,941, Sinoe 55,579 and Nimba 307,254.
Montserrado county maintained its ranking as the populous county as eligible voters increased to 901,162 from 777,500 in 2017. Grand Cape Mount County registered the biggest growth this year from 65,800 six years back in 2017 to 86,529.
Margibi sits second with 19.5% from 154,328 in 2017 to 185,301. Grand Bassa recorded 8.1 % growth while Bomi and Gbarpolu counties recorded marginal increase of 5.2% and 4.5 % respectively.
President George Weah’s ruling Coalition for Democratic Change won 14 counties in 2017, leaving main rival Unity Party with only Lofa County, the home of opposition leader Joe Boakai.