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NEC Poised to set Runoff Date

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The National Elections Commission is expected to announce a new date for the conduct of the presidential elections after all 20 candidates failed to reach the constitutional benchmark for outright victory.

With 99.97 percent of the total votes counted, neither of the two leading candidates had received the required 50 percent plus one vote to avoid a runoff.

The election, held on Oct. 10, was the closest in two decades and was the first such contest to be organized without financial support or assistance from international partners.

Incumbent President George Weah secured 43.84 percent of the vote, while Joseph Boakai, a veteran of Liberian politics and Weah’s main opponent, was trailing slightly with 43.44 percent of the vote.

Elections authorities will release the official results today in Monrovia.


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