NEC Releases First Preliminary Results

National Elections Commission Chairman, Jerome Korkoya

Liberians were left in a state of suspense Thursday as the National Elections Commission (NEC) announced the provisional results of the October 10 Presidential Election, only falling short to declare a winner for the presidency.

In a nationwide radio broadcast from the NEC headquarters Thursday, Chairman Jerome Korkoya said the results are provisional from all the 15 counties and subject to the announcement of the official final results.

He said as the results are received from the counties, the commission in its commitment to ensure transparency will continue to release them.

According to Korkoya, the results reflect those of the first top three presidential candidates starting from Bomi County with a total of 158 polling center but with 32 polling places reporting.

He said the Unity Party (UP) of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai got 2,807 votes, representing 33.1 percent, while the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of Senator George Weah got 44.4 percent, accounting for a total of 3,177 votes.

In Bong County, he continued, there a total of 502 polling places with 241 reporting in which UP got 24,367 votes, representing 24.07 percent, and CDC got 28,233 votes representing 39.4 percent.

The Chairman said there are 133 polling places in Gbarpolu County where 26 reported. UP got 2768 votes, representing 37.4 percent and CDC got 3,078 votes accounting for 41.6 percent.

In Bong County, Korkoya said 78 of  a total of 388 polling places with UP getting 1,786 votes, representing 8.3 percent, while CDC got 6,980 votes accounting for 32.5 percent.

He added that the Liberty Party (LP) of Charles Brumskine won 10, 316 votes or 48.6 percent.

In Grand Cape Mount County, UP got 2,158 votes, representing 37.5 percent and CDC 2,663 votes, accounting for 46.4 percent, he stated.

According to Korkoya, 24 centers reported from Grand Gedeh County’s 167 polling places, giving UP 704 votes which represent 12.0 percent, while CDC got 4,462 votes representing 76.1 percent.


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