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Liberia’s Vote: Who’s Winning?

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Vote count shows tight presidential race between incumbent President George Weah of the ruling coalition and opposition leader Joseph Boakai with less than 10% of the votes tallied.

Boakai maintains his early lead from Wednesday obtaining 57,864 votes or 46% of valid votes. Weah has 49,510 or 39.6%, according to the National Elections Commission official results released and published on website Thursday.

Weah is leading in six counties just as Boakai while the remaining counties are yet to report.

Elections officials are still counting and tallying ballots after polling closed in most parts of the country in Tuesday’s elections but voting are expected to be concluded in the country’s southeastern region in 14 days, the electoral agency said.

Bad roads and heavy rain hindered elections materials supply to the affected areas putting polling behind schedule according to NEC.

Weah faces 19 other candidates in the race to lead the West African nation. The election is too close to call and he may have to face former Vice President Joseph Boakai, the most popular opposition challenger in a runoff, unless one of them gets more than 50% of the ballots.


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