By Emmanuel Weedee-Conway
Preliminary results released by the National Elections Commission (NEC) has put the candidate of the country’s opposition political force the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Mr. George Manneh Weah in pole position to win the nation’s highest seat.
Releasing the preliminary results of the just ended Presidential Run-off Election on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at the headquarters of the Commission, NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya announced that Senator Sen. Weah obtained 720,023 votes, which is equivalent to 61.5% of the total valid votes cast.
Chairman Korkoya disclosed that Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai of the ruling Unity Party (UP) got 451,088, which constitute 38.5% of the total valid votes cast.
According to the NEC boss, the results released represent 98.1% of all 5,390 polling centers across the country.
“The results we are releasing represent 5,286 polling centers of the 5,390 polling centers nationwide. And that number represents 98.1 percent of the total polling centers across the country,” said Cllr. Korkoya.
He furthered that 11 out of the 15 counties have completed 100 percent of the counting process and have reported.
He named the 11 counties as Bomi, Bong, Gbarpolu, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, River Gee, River Cess, Maryland and Montserrado Counties.
The NEC Chairman also named the four counties remaining as Lofa, Margibi, Nimba and Sinoe Counties.
He among other things added that final result of the entire process would be announced Friday, December 29, 2017.
The run-off, which was be held on December 26, 2017, was an outcome of the October 10, 2017 Presidential and Representative Elections conducted across the country, in which none of the 20 political parties was able to acquire 50 percent plus one as the constitutional requirement to win absolute majority in the first round of the Election.
VP Boakai and Sen. Weah were qualified for the Run-Off Election by the country’s electoral body (NEC) for being the two forerunners of the October poll.