By Festus Poquie
One of the two main contenders in Liberia’s presidential race must decisively win remaining votes in Montserrado, Margibi, Grand Bassa and Grand Cape Mount and the South eastern Counties to emerge as the country’s next president.
Vote count has reached 92.8% after 1.8 million ballot tallied with all candidates failing to obtain the constitutionally required 50% plus one vote requirement for outright victory, according to the National Elections Commission.
President George Weah and opposition leader, Joseph Boakai, are neck and neck in the race for the presidency as vote tallying continues from last week’s presidential and legislative polls.
The race is down to the wire. Provisional results published on Monday by the National Elections Commission showed Boakai had 748,463 votes or 43.70% to Weah’s 747,578 votes or 43.65%.
While many regions have hit 100% count, Montserrado is left with less than 3% or 49 polling places as the county swings between the two main rivals – ruling Coalition for democratic Change George Weah and Unity Party Joseph Boakai.
Weah kept his lead in the county for five days until Monday when he was ousted by the main opposition leader marginally.
The race in Margibi is very tight just as informed by opinion polls, which the Oracle News Daily published in the buildup to the vote on Oct. 10. About 196 polling centers remains untouched. Boakai is leading 49.10% compared to Weah’s 40.05%.
In Grand Bassa County 62 polling centers are outstanding.. President Weah is leading 43.26% while Boakai has 35%. Grand Count Mount has recorded 69.01% with 66 polling places hanging. The Unity Party has 45.05% compared to CDC41.26%.