By Festus Poquie
Key counties such as Montserrado, Nimba, Margibi, Bong and Grand Bassa Counties could determine the winner of Tuesday presidential race based on the size of registered voters and turnout rate in these regions.
The Oracle News Daily has obtained independent polls conducted in Montserrado and Margibi Counties on October 2, showing a tight race in Margibi between the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change and the main opposition Unity Party, while the CDC could retain control of the capital territory area of Monrovia with a win as it did in 2017.
Incumbent President George Weah is winning 14 of the 17 electoral districts in Montserrado leaving UP’s Joseph Boakai with three, according to the polls.
In Margibi County, CDC is leading with 44.14%, While UP sits second with 38.20%. There were 1,165 respondents.
Montserrado County maintains its ranking as the populous county in this year’s elections with eligible voters increasing to 901,162 from 777,500 in 2017. Margibi sits second with 19.5% from 154,328 in 2017 to 185,301.
During the 2017 elections, Weah won 276,558 or 48.5% of the valid vote cast compared to Boakai’s 155,651 or 27.33%.